Laura Vincent Gallery, Portland
FEBRUARY 1 - MARCH 2, 2024
In general, Erik ReeL's work has followed a life-long pattern of exploring aspects of how human consciousness processes visual stimuli, or what is often called cognitive processing, especially when involving two-dimensional information. Early on, this was based on a deep study of color theory and visual ambiguities and visual constancies involved in how the human brain reads information on a two-dimensional surface. It is ReeL's contention that with the rise of graphically interfaced personal computers and the ever-increasing involvement of more and more humans with flat screens in their daily lives, that an understanding and deeper awareness of how two-dimensional cognitive processing operates and works is central to civilized human experience and should be a focus of visual art. Further, central to ReeL's work is an exploration of human marking on a surface; for ReeL, marking is a defining characteristic of the human and the primordial act of signification and meaning for human consciousness.
illustration: Erik ReeL, 1389, Writing on the Wall, acrylic and pastel on canvas, 44 x 34 inches, 2009