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James Rieck‘s brilliant oil paintings capture the essence of vintage ephemera in a hyper stylized fashion. The cropped framing of the paintings create singular reflective moments in time focusing on figures found in moments of relaxation and contemplation. In Rieck’s newest series titled “Simulated Reception” the artist explores one of the most common forms of leisure, the television. James Rieck describes his current work: “The Title of show comes from a term used when a photograph is taken of a television and the image on the set is replaced with a one that gives the impression of better reception. It’s difficult to photograph a TV, and this technic is usually used in advertising. It’s a simple trick but its one that creates an important perception. We believe what we see especially if it comes in clearly. This is a metaphor that extends to the way we live our lives today with an overload of technology and social media. We are all audience now, sitting in our room watching the world on our screens. And it’s so easy to replace our image on the display with one that puts us into a better light for better reception.”
James Rieck earned both his MFA and his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.