October 6, 2005—November 12, 2005 | Reception Thursday, Oct. 6th, 6-8PM
James Harris Gallery is pleased to announce its second solo exhibition by sculptor Richard Rezac. The artist will present five sculptures along with one drawing. Rezac imbues a dynamic tension both in his sculptures and their relationship to the viewer. The elements of each work are composed according to a syntax combining reduced forms to create a formal language. Each sculptural piece is meticulously worked out on paper arranging every element with an analytical relationship to another. Though principally calculated, this process is also initiated by and guided within intuition. Thus his corresponding drawings can be seen as an insight into the artist’s working process and yet stand alone as beautiful works.
Richard Rezac (b. 1952, Nebraska) creates refined, and elegant objects comprised of pure reductive forms; his inspiration drawn in part from emotive encounters with architectural and design details situates his work closely to the Post-minimalist artists of the 1980s. Human in scale and mounted on the wall, suspended from the ceiling, or placed on the floor, Rezac’s sculptures open viewers to close-looking and reflection upon the forms. Surfaces of painted and natural wood, aluminum and bronze contain subtleties that reveal the pristine sculptures as actually handmade. Richard Rezac has received prestigious awards including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, and the Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome. He has exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art- Chicago, Yale University Art Gallery, Aspen Art Museum, Portland Art Museum and others. Public collections include the Art Institute of Chicago, Dallas Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, Detroit Institute of Art, and the Smart Museum at the University of Chicago, among others. Rezac lives and works in Chicago, IL where he is Adjunct Professor of Sculpture, Drawing, and Graduate Advising at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).
(copied from Rhona Hoffman)