August 31, 2021 - October 9, 2021
Alice R. Rogers Gallery and Target Gallery, SJU
Painting Toward Sculpture
Moving between two and three-dimensional forms, Jodi Reeb constructs paintings and sculpture layer by layer. Three main bodies of work in this exhibition explores the theme of nature’s cycles. Working to develop scale, geometry, spatial relationships, texture and color, these works challenge the visual properties of paintings and sculpture with translucency and dimensionality. Strong physical elements come from layering and texture using Encaustic paint (beeswax, pigment and damar resin) while layering photos printed on tissue with oil pigments and elevating the organic paintings from the wall.
Jodi takes photographs of pollinator friendly plants to raise awareness about the challenges pollinators face. These works juxtapose geometry with the softness found in nature. These works challenge the visual properties of translucency and structure using Encaustic paint, aluminum and photo-based paintings.
Reeb's circular works identify with references to the round shape; centered, wholeness, sphere, etc. She appreciates the fact that a circle is both an organic and a geometric shape. The attraction for her is the negative space that the circular paintings and organic aluminum sculptures evoke through shadow and space.
Painting with enamel and encaustic (beeswax and damar resin) on primed aluminum, bending and twisting the metal into organic forms she creates organic wall sculptures. Elevated off the wall they oscillate between painting and sculpture. Her goal in this new series of work is for a pushing-pulling, folding-opening and evolving, its parts beginning to take form into something new, connected yet still raw.