IN YOUR CHOICE OF COLORS
by JAMES RIECK
IN YOUR CHOICE OF COLORS
The Colorsafe paintings are an exploration of the use of color and pattern. They are constructed from 'vintage' catalogs of the late 1960s and early 70s, a particularly turbulent time for social change in the United States. By using the language of garment care as painting titles, that can be read very differently taken out of context, I amplify subtle tensions embedded in our vocabularies.
Color collides with pattern in James Rieck's strikingly brilliant paintings. Inspired by vintage clothing and catalogues, Rieck transforms pictures of consumerism into icons of pop culture. However, beneath these electric colors and forms is a question of how style affects how we engage with the world around us. "The patterns here are not just in the clothing, but also in the way we still see and speak," says Rieck.
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