Joe Reihsen – art show at The Company


The following cryptic and intriguing press release reminded me that Art Gallery owners sometimes don’t really know what’s in store when they contract an Artist to present a new show of their works, and how nerve racking that must be for all concerned.


Now read on!



The Company has invited Los Angeles-based artist Joe Reihsen to take over the gallery from November 5 – January 7, 2012.

An opening reception will take place on Saturday November 5, from 7-10pm.


“Although we are pleased to announce this exhibition, we are not exactly sure what he’s going to do.

“We’ve been over to Joe’s studio many times, wrestled with the language of painting, sculpture, theater, and theory. For a while, we were convinced that this show was about ‘domestic space’, self-portraiture, and even Absurdist Theater. We realize now that it was all a farce, a red herring. We were motivated and indulged by our need to know. We’ve concluded that this is a show about everything and nothing. Let’s just call it an obsession with zero.

“There is no position. There is no narrative, game or strategy. There will be no (overt) quoting or referencing. This is pretty much as anti-historical, anti-authorial, anti-movement, and totally manufactured as it gets. No beginning or end. Authentically inauthentic, or more accurately: deeply shallow.

“What we can say for sure is that you will see an installation of materials from Joe’s studio – including wood, steel, and aluminum propping up painted layers of canvas and paper. There will be objects that scratch you, reflect your image, and cause vertigo. There is a chance that you’ll be reminded of amoebas, psychedelic patterns, or your primitive past. It will also be flat and non-hierarchical; layers of consciousness, physical and the infinite, will become fictionalized, accessible, and permeable.”


About the Artist:

Joe Reihsen, b.1980, Blaine, Minnesota. Lives and works in Los Angeles. Reihsen received his BFA in Painting and New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2008, Reihsen received an MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was awarded the UC Regents Fellowship. Joe’s first solo show was PREVIEW in 2010 at The Company. 



955 Chung King Road

Los Angeles, CA 90012


Gallery hours:

Wednesday – Saturday, 12 – 5PM



For more information please contact Anat Ebgi or Laura Hyatt at

[email protected]

or call (646) 281-1112


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Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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