Rhona Hoffman Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of recent work by Richard Rezac. Rezac presents nine sculptures made from a variety of materials including, nickel-plated cast bronze, wood, steel, aluminum, and cast epoxy resin. His sculptures are essentially abstract and they are all beautifully crafted. Their placement in space is significant. In this exhibition for example, one sculpture hangs from the ceiling, some are mounted on the wall, and others rest on the floor. Also on display are five drawings, which served as studies for the sculptures. In this show their function is to give insight into the artist’s process. Typically each of Rezac’s sculptures is “preceded by a detailed drawing and a scale model.”
Rezac’s artistic influences include various periods in architecture. “Italian Baroque is a recent interest and represents a newfound inclination in my work toward greater complexity, asymmetry and repetition,” Rezac explains. “My formative process is intuitive, and so the material, method, size and color is dictated by the idea defined. Since every material already has, in a sense, correct color, when I use paint on a sculpture I intend to lessen, even cancel, the fact of its material and emphasize instead the allusive syntax of color,” says Rezac.
Richard Rezac lives and works in Chicago. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO; the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; the Chicago Cultural Center; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL among others. He has had more than twenty-five one-person exhibitions since 1980. In Fall 2001, he spent six weeks in residence at the American Academy in Rome where he looked at Baroque architecture. In 1986 he received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship that helped fund a six week long study of Gardens in Japan. Rezac has been granted other research and travel awards from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor of Three-Dimensional Design, Sculpture, Drawing, and Graduate Advising.