William Reynolds: Shazam!
opening reception: Saturday, February 10, 4-6 pm
on view: February 10–March 9, 2024
Pie Projects is pleased to announce the opening of William Reynolds: Shazam! on Saturday, February 10, 2024 with an opening reception from 4-6 pm. The exhibition will honor the life and art of William Reynolds aka Captain Marble who recently passed on. The exhibition includes two large paintings exhibited at Pace Gallery in 1965, paintings from his years in the Himalayas, a selection of his Bar Code portraits, and works from a few close friend artists, such as Ron Davis, Janet Russek, David Scheinbaum, and Nancy Sutor.
Early in his career, William Reynolds was included in shows that described him as a “Color Painter,” a “Post Abstract Expressionist,” or a “Hard-edge Color Field Painter,” but Reynolds spent his entire life in avoidance of these labels. The range and trajectory of his art bears testament to his perfection of technique, but also to a deeply personal relationship that he developed with the language of color. Reynolds was a student of Vedantic and Buddhist metaphysics, and believed in the evolution of work and the perfection of craftsmanship. Reynold’s last body of work, the Bar Code Series, represents his use of a sophisticated personal grammar associated with color – to develop descriptors for people, encounters, emotional relationships, and even an evocation to prayer. Reynold’s work as an artist was a deeply personal exploration into the spiritual balance between being, darkness, and light.