"Unrepentant & Unapologetic Flowers Plus Small Stories"
Curated by Rhonda Gawthrop
May 18 - September 8, 2019 at Oceanside Museum of Art
Roland Reiss will receive a solo exhibitionn of paintings and miniatrues at the Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA. This exhibition features the floral series Reiss started in 2007, partly as a reaction to the notion of subject hierarchy in art. Working beyond the superficial meanings usually associated with flowers, Reiss uses color contrasts to explore expressive possibilities in a luminous world of color, believing they take us to a deeper level of consciousness. Viewed from far away, the flowers become human scale with personalities of their own. At a closer range viewers find man-made surprises such as graphic airplanes, cityscapes, and shapes that live in the space between leaves and petals. Also included are a series of miniature tableaux that explore extreme images seen in the media as representative of a new contemporary mythology. Another series looks at morality in daily life.
This exhibition is made possible by support from Ving and Valya Simpson.