JAMES RIECK “Rapture” October 5 - November 4, 2017
[New York] James Rieck's newest body of work, "Rapture," mines that euphoric moment of cognition…that split second when understanding and emotions are born. Using models extrapolated from 1950’s and 60’s commercial magazines, “Rapture” juxtaposes an idyllic midcentury moment of bliss spurred on by the artwork that is on public display. Rieck’s compositions combine highly sexualized historical masterpieces such as Matisse’s Le Bonheur de Vivre, Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Bather Drying Herself, and Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe, with an overtly ecstatic viewer. Replete with innuendo and bravado, “Rapture” captures the viewers’ profoundly private moment of sexual awareness and desire all the while on public view.