Barry Reigate 2014
One Cannot Get Fingerprints From A Rock (Book)

Catalogue of the 2014 exhibition at Reflex Amsterdam.
Published by Reflex Edition Amsterdam.

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Reigate’s work is a powerful, eclectic and visually mind-blowing mix of symbolic pop imagery, geometrical design and multi-dimensional painterliness. Often on a large scale, with several components layered in spray paint, oil, pencil and other media, these stunningly arresting works both amuse and disturb, repel and seduce.
Of the 15 new pieces completed for this exhibition, a cartoon wolf figure populates several of the works – a talismanic figure that recalls the Three Little Pig fairy-tale and other hazy childhood memories. It is a typical Reigate motif. At times trapped below a nailed, latticed wooden structure, the wolf is imprisoned, disempowered. Atop, are geometric roundels and other shapes, symbols recalled from maths lessons, transformed into free-wheeling elements. These are complex, composite images that insist on multiple interpretations.
“The wolf was sourced from an advert; the wood structure is from the Smurfs, a machine that makes ‘things’,” says Reigate.
His work treads an electric line between figurative and abstract; the introduction of the wolf figure here a deliberate invitation to the viewer to attach meaning, in what he calls “the hallucinogenics” of art.

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