De Buck Gallery is pleased to
announce an upcoming exhibition of works by Los
Angeles based painter Kelly Reemtsen, entitled
America’s Sweetheart. The exhibition will be on view
from November 7 – December 21, 2013, and marks
Reemtsen’s premier exhibition at the gallery. An
opening reception will be held on November 7 from
6-8 PM, which the artist is scheduled to attend. The
exhibition will be accompanied by the launch of a
new catalogue of Kelly Reemtsen’s work, entitled
Elegant women dressed in vintage finds and armed
with tools and common household items, Kelly
Reemtsen’s paintings create a paradoxically edgy air
of nostalgia. There exists a sharp contrast in much of
Reemtsen’s work between the bright and cheery
figures, and the utilitarian and sometimes ominous accessories they carry, such as chainsaws or
axes, coupled with a recurring headless anonymity. The titles of these pieces, Forget Me Not,
Here Comes Trouble, and On a Short Leash among them, add to the ambiguity between violence
and domesticity in these works, though at the same time many of her figures are nothing but
ebullient. Reemtsen’s accessorizing of her figures, with objects, clothing, titles and even the
blank palettes provided by the heavy white impasto of her backgrounds, serve to highlight the
coexistence of traditional femininity and strength in the modern identity of women.
The paintings in this exhibition are complemented by a series of Reemtsen’s pill sculptures.
Larger than life, the pastel pills - Xanax, Prozac, Advil, and others – come to resemble candy,
but like the women may hold darker hidden meanings despite their cheerful appearances.
Reemtsen specifically uses pills that are often taken by women, making medication as much an
accessory of a fluid idea of womanhood as hoses, shovels or oven mitts.
Kelly Reemtsen studied Fashion Design, an area that clearly resonates in her work today, as
well as painting at Central Michigan University and California State University Long Beach.
Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and is included in many collections
including the corporate collections of 20th Century Fox (Los Angeles) and Bon Appetite (San
Francisco). She was most recently an Artist in Residence at the Venice Printmaking Studio in
Italy. Kelly Reemtsen currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
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