The Doubleleg Gallery at Stardust Video and Coffee will host Dreams of escape, an exhibit of new work by artist and writer Richard Reep. The gallery is free and open to the public.
The work is an installation of over thirty sketches made during telephone calls and meetings. Depending on the content of the meeting, a drawing may show inspiration; but more often than not, airplanes represent a psychological means of escape.
Dreams of escape
Chaos can have a healing character
if it is coupled with the idea of open movement
to channel the warmth of chaotic energy into order or form.
Order and form are the two rails on which architecture rolls. The newfound vigor of chaos derails architecture into black, deadend tunnels choked with soot, illimitable delays, and colorful desultory wrecks. At the end of nearly every day, after observing or managing chaos, I depart the scene with nothing to show for it. Nothing, except for small drawings.
Chaos is here to stay: meaningless bright adversity, overbearing dull beige banality, and the profligate urgent shrillness of spendthrift capitalism all create absurdity and waste beyond even Kafka’s wildest imagination. Arising out of this disorder come small bubbles of order, moments when one hand, temporarily unoccupied by the keyboard or the legal pad, can briefly roam free and make a connection between things that are separated.
This installation is a bank, a place where I deposit my dreams of escape. I participate in the warmth of chaotic energy without emotion; instead I invest emotions into small things, the open movement of my hand creating these dreams of escape. Meanwhile, order and form get restored.
Few, if any, of these are actual planes. They are dreams of aircraft, sketched during chaos; they are ways out. Tiny, quickly scratched blossoms of highly ordered objects, droplets of comfort and calm.
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|F6F Hellcat model in cement
British twin engine fighter
early jet air scoop
Comically fat Russian jet
Slightly comical American fighter
Russian fighter flying overhead
BAC Caravelle ghost
Fighter, probably Russian
Sub patrol aircraft
Navy fighter caught with propeller
Bomber on crumpled paper
Dive bomber far away
|Russian transporter tail
Eastern European jet trainer
Russian jet of some kind
Early jet fighter coming at you
The one and only B-58
Two-engine passenger plane
Bit of a carrier-based navy plane
Early Swedish jet trainer studies
Another eastern European jet trainer
Kind of a British fighter-bomber
Yet another eastern European jet trainer
Russian turboprop bomber with Russian jet transporter flying in formation
An air intake
P-38s over a house
Possibly a Tupolev under the drawing
The exhibit will run through January 31. For questions or comments contact Mr. Reep directly through this website.