A solo show featuring recent paintings from gestural abstractionist, Danielle Riede. Exhibition to take place at Susan Eley Fine Art, 46 W 90th Street, New York, NY 10024.
For the past year, the human population has experienced the rapid spread of the COVID 19 virus and the high mortality rates globally that have come with it. Uncertainty, instability and loss have paralyzed much of the human spirit and I believe that we need more interconnectivity and play to generate new ways of seeing and being. For me, the dramatic shifts brought about by the virus have led to a deepening of my understanding of the vital role of human relationships and communication for personal and global health. Throughout my life, I have utilized art to play, speak and imagine new possibilities.
This stream of paintings are born out of dance movements that unfold in paint on canvas with the passing of time. These paintings are connected to my own physical body, which I utilize as “a brush”. The paintings that I generate from this process function as records of movements of my ephemeral and ever-changing body. Although I have no predetermined form in mind, the paintings evoke themes from nature. Stones, geodes, tree rings, glaciers and the earth’s strata, silt and living biological specimens commingle in my exhibitions referencing time and timelessness. In a period where we are faced with mass extinctions, high levels of toxins in our water and soil samples and an alarming rise in the concentration of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere, nearly 412 parts per million (ppm) and rising1, we realize that those mass extinctions may include us, the human population, if we do not drastically change our behaviors and structures that sustain us.
I'm addressing the newest paintings with more of a spirit of play and also meditating more deeply on our connection to other organisms and beings on our planet and beyond. In other words, I'm vacillating between formal thoughts and connections that we experience in our everyday human life and touching on the wonder that I feel when I think about our broader universe and the unknown. The works inhabit an experienced and imagined world.