Harold Reddicliffe “Recent Paintings”

Hirschl & Adler

poster for Harold Reddicliffe “Recent Paintings”

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Hirschl & Adler Modern presents the opening of Harold Reddicliffe: Recent Paintings. Reddicliffe’s second solo show at Hirschl & Adler Modern will feature more than twenty still lifes in oil. In these new works, Reddicliffe continues his intense exploration of an eclectic collection of objects including glass bottles, kitchen gadgets, vintage film equipment, and model airplane engines, indulging us with a riot of bright color and rich confections of space and form.

Reddicliffe’s objects are minimally staged and tightly placed within formally constructed compositions. Each object is painted with rigor and precision. Reddicliffe does not employ photography in his work, but rather paints through long periods of observation in his studio, studying the form of his objects and how they relate to one another. The result is a transformation; taken out of their utilitarian context the objects shed their primary identities and invite fresh interpretation. Reddicliffe likens this process to repeating the same word over and over; eventually the word loses its meaning and becomes simply a sound. Similarly, through prolonged scrutiny Reddicliffe’s objects undergo a detachment of their own, proudly re asserting themselves as objects of beauty and fascination.

Opera Glasses and Film Canister experiments with a multitude of objects on a small scale. Reddicliffe carefully positions each form, pl acing the smallest at the front and the larger layered behind. Easily identifiable are silver push pins, a red opera glasses case, and a canary yellow film canister. Other objects are more mysterious, peeking out from behind various forms we see a yellow propeller, electrical cords, and the accordion bellows of a vintage camera. The tight cluster of objects are warmly lit in a manner that lends the composition a theatrical quality, as if the objects are actors upon a stage, presenting themselves before a captivated audience.

In Ice Crusher, Coffee Pots, and Bottles a collection of objects huddle together, competing for space, their curved forms edging over a small wooden table. Captured is a moment in time, where palpable surfaces and intricate details heightened by reflection and shad ow command intense observation. The overlapping colored glass vessels distort the opaque tin pots tucked behind them, while a lone cup, front and center, draws the viewer into the arrangement. Once there, the viewer cannot help being transfixed and mesmerized by the experience



from September 11, 2014 to October 11, 2014

Opening Reception on 2014-09-18 from 17:30 to 19:30

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