JOHN REUSS - A JUXTAPOSITION OF OPPOSITES
Reuss' work is characterised by contrasts - the juxtaposition of opposites on several levels - which is recognised throughout his paintings. Fine detail, drawn lines and meticulously painted shapes clash with bold brushstrokes, spatters and blurred contours. Soft organic shapes and multifaceted figures meet hard, calculated geometric abstractions.
The world in which he depicts is not a physical location in space and time. It is an inner world, a world where thought, emotion and raw cognition defines not only the figures, but also the space they inhabit. The creative process is a key to that inner, psychological world - balancing on the border of the conscious and subconscious and revolving around themes like how we relate to the world we live in, the definition of “self” contra the surrounding world, our bodily integrity and mortality.
Reuss' work often deals with issues such as alienation, loneliness and the pursuit of an unattainable inner harmony. Drawing inspiration from the inner life of people and that carries through in the way his figures turn out. Their various disfigurements, missing body parts and multiple angles is a symbol of their psychology and cognitive mechanisms. Labels such as “existential surrealism” or “psychological realism” have often been used to describehis work.
Aiming to make art that not only tells a story about him, but also speaks to the viewer and is open to interpretation - that can contain meaning that he himself has not foreseen. His process is one of dialogue, applying, revisiting, destroying and creating. For Reuss creativity is as much about tearing down and destroying as it is about creating and building up, meaning that the final work is the result of the process rather than a planned image.
Learn more about John Reuss and pick up some of his work HERE:
Internal Loop 2015. Acrylics & charcoal on canvas. 90x120cm
The New Mind 2015. Acrylics & charcoal on canvas. 70x60 cm
Object VI 2015. Acrylics & charcoal on canvas. 50x50 cm
Spit 2015. Acrylics & charcoal on canvas. 50x60 cm
Another You 2015. Acrylics & charcoal on canvas. 150x150 cm
Empty Man 2015. Acrylics & charcoal on canvas. 70x50 cm
Object III 2015. Acrylics & charcoal on canvas. 50x50 cm
2015. Acrylics & charcoal on canvas. 60x50 cm
Philosophy In The Flesh 2015. Acrylics & charcoal on canvas. 160x160 cm