Doownpoor highlights Kansas City based artist Brett Reif’s affection for household materials and textures, such as bathroom tile, wallpaper and household fixtures. Reif enlivens these home surfaces and reflects the anxieties and concerns of its inhabitants. Downpoor incorporates themes of overflow, flooding, and decay as influenced by the artist’s connection with New Orleans and the long-term impact of hurricane Katrina.
Write up on “Downpoor” in The University Daily Kansan.
Reif’s show, “Downpoor,” will be on display from Sunday, Aug. 23, to Sept. 18 during regular gallery hours. An opening reception will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, in the gallery, located in the newly named Chalmers Building. The show and opening is free, and the public is welcome.
This solo exhibition highlights Reif’s focus and infatuation with bathroom tile, wallpaper, drains, drain plugs and other household textures and materials. Downpoor’s imagery playfully engages the watery world of tile and uses this common material to carry messages of a beautiful and exotic, yet turbulent and anxiety-ridden household. Downpoor enlivens home surfaces and textures and reflects the behaviors and concerns of the inhabitants back towards the viewer. “If these walls could talk. . .” well in Reif’s case, they do.
This exhibition is located in the Art & Design Gallery of Chalmers Hall in the Department Visual Art at The University of Kansas. Check out KU’s press release here.
I have three pieces featured in the H&R Block Artspace faculty exhibition on view through August 29th – October 3rd. In Pursuit: 2015 Kansas City Art Institute Faculty Biennial