Reyes | Finn at EXPO Chicago
EXPOSURE, Booth 274
Navy Pier | Festival Hall600 E Grand AveChicago IL 60611
Visitor information can be found on the EXPO Chicago website
Reyes | Finn is pleased to present a two-person booth featuring Marie Herwald Hermann and Leif Ritchey in the EXPOSURE section of this year's edition of EXPO Chicago.
MARIE HERWALD HERMANN (born 1979, Copenhagen, Denmark) lives and works in Chicago. She received her BFA from the University of Westminster in 2003 before receiving her MFA from London’s Royal College of Art in 2008. The artist serves as an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Ceramics Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Solo exhibitions include Reyes | Finn, Detroit; GalerieNeC, Paris , France Paris London Hong Kong, Chicago. Her work is represented in the collections of The Danish art foundation, The Denver Art Museum, Sevres Museum in France, Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum in Norway, Cranbrook Art Museum, The Jingdezhen Ceramic Art Museum, China, The Rothschild Collection, and Waddesdon Manor in UK.
Without departing from her characteristic focus on domestic forms, Hermann aggrandizes the experience of daily rituals through revived colors and textures that compliment the often-banal objects of daily life, from coffee mugs to other commonplace vessels.Raised with the belief that tactile exploration is a fundamental means of learning, Hermann posits that there is a certain freedom in the exploration of materials formerly unknown to her.
LEIF RITCHEY (b. 1975, Ann Arbor) generates an artistic practice that spans visual art, music and fashion. Ritchey began working in New York in the early 2000s, he is part of a generation of artists whose output was defined by its commitment to a permissive multidisciplinary methodology and a guerilla approach to showcasing and distributing one’s work. Today, the artist lives in Ann Arbor, MI and works in Detroit.
Over the past two decades, Leif Ritchey has forged his signature out of his explo-rations of color and its intertwining with form, his unmistakable pastel hues sprawling across canvases textured with delicate layers of fabric, paper and paint. As the artist wrote in a 2010 poem, “colors and forms find alchemy unknown”, throughout Ritchey’s cross-disciplinary approach. The recycling of assembled materials and wide-ranging techniques that have used by the artist at various points throughout his career are now balanced into a holistic body of work. A sense of temporal progression is the propulsive mechanism throughout, resulting in a creative practice that appears as if it was created by an intuitive, natural force.