‘Some Avail’ Exhibition Opening with Artist Andrew Rieder
Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center
Feb. 10, 2022, 06:00 pm
Join us for the opening reception of ‘Some Avail’ by Andrew Rieder. This will be the inaugural exhibition in our new space at the Knapp’s Building!
This exhibition is generously sponsored by Rich Sneary.
Artist statement: “My current body of work explores the concept of work ethic and the various ways in which it is quantified. In my paintings, I utilize imagery from activities that can be considered ‘leisurely labor’ (fitness and strongman competitions as well as pick-your-own fruit). I choose these images to question whether or not an activity needs to seem undesirable to a participant in order to qualify as ‘work’.
I also layer my chosen imagery in a manner that creates a certain level of chaos and confusion in the composition. This gives the viewer a sense of multiple struggles taking place in front of them, which are too numerous to discern. In summary, this series of mixed media pieces conveys to the viewer that many (if not all) of us are contending with a sense of insufficiency. I also want the audience to gain an understanding of how one’s own struggles can at times be too overwhelming to empathize with the struggles of another.”