Susanne Vielmetter

Michael Reafsnyder

11 Jan - 22 Feb 2014

Sunday Best, Installation view, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, January 11 - February 22, 2014; Photo credit: Robert Wedemeyer
© Michael Reafsnyder
Spring Pleasures, 2013
Acrylic on linen
60" H x 72" W (152.4 cm H x 182.88 cm W)
Photo credit: Gene Ogami
Sunday Best
11 January - 22 February 2014

Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects is pleased to announce the gallery’s first solo exhibition with Los Angeles-based painter, Michael Reafsnyder.

Inspired by the CoBrA movement and abstract expressionism, Reafsnyder’s paintings are thick with paint, exuberant gestures, and vibrant color. He uses indulgent amounts of acrylic to build compositions that prioritize the surface of the canvas; proposing an experience of painting that is as tactile as it is visual. Concerned with pleasure, joy, and frivolity, his work galvanizes sensory experiences and challenges historical clichés of the artist’s psychic self-expression and metaphysical drama.

Reafsnyder received an MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. His work has been nationally and internationally exhibited, including solo exhibitions at Ameringer/McEnery/Yohe, New York; Blum and Poe, Santa Monica, California; Galeria Marta Cervera, Madrid, Spain; Uplands Gallery, Melbourne, Australia; WCCA, Singapore; and the Las Vegas Art Museum. His work is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art-San Diego, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Laguna Art Museum, and the Portland Art Museum.