In my web meanderings last week I stumbled upon the very talented Alan Reid's most recent show, "Poems" for the collection Air de Pied-a-terre. I haven't been able to stop thinking about his work, and thought I'd share a few pieces I really admire.
I think his work is so moving because it has a powerful yet eerily serene ability to make the world feel lighter than air. There's a quirky, ethereal quality in his work; something that plays with one's understanding of personal presence. With references to fashion and music, "Poems" is completely relevant while maintaining ties to themes in recent female history.
In an interview with fellow artist Matthew Bourbon, Reid says that his art is born from his process. Reid explains that as he works, he allows himself to become immersed in singular notions like colors he appreciates and ideas like "grace" and "self acceptance". The artist says that he is "simply motivated by the emotional feedback that is working on a painting".
"To present something to one’s raw self is a gift. So much of life is patching a persona that asking oneself, are you happy with this color, seems a radical act."
I love Reid's Idea that art can be made by just enjoying what brings you joy. His pieces and thoughts make me feel that it's okay to revel in something beautiful; that if I continue to concentrate on things I find beautiful, the art and work I produce may be beautiful and meaningful to someone else.
Others may find something beautiful that speaks to them in the expression of your personal aesthetic if you remain honest and passionate about the things that inspire you.