Kips Gallery

 

LUCAS REINER

Apr 10 - May 3, 2008

Yet,
yet it shoots up, that tree. It,
it too
stands against
the Plague - Paul Celan

“The single trees in Reiner’s paintings are presented with a level of detail that marks them as specific individual trees, but they float against delicately colored abstract expressionist backgrounds that recall Philip Guston’s early work. The tension between specificity and the general nature of the gestural backgrounds deliberately leads the viewer to think not just about trees as portrait subjects, but about what his or her own relationship with trees is in daily life."