From the desk of arts writer Phyllis A.S. Boros
An exhibit of works by James Rieck, often referred to as one of America’s “hottest emerging artists,” opens Friday (Oct. 1) at two Fairfield gathering spots: Southport Galleries and the new Hotel Delamar.
A kick-off reception, which is free and open to the general public, takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gallery at 330 Pequot Ave., in the heart of Southport Village (exit 19 off Interstate 95).
The artist, who is known for his “nouveau-retro” photo-realist paintings, “has already received rave reviews in Barcelona, Berlin and London, and has earned impressive credentials at major venues throughout the U.S.A.,” according to Dr. Philip Eliasoph, an art history professor at Fairfield University and one of the gallery’s principals.
“With deadpan irony and lively insights, he captures the ‘retro’ look of ‘Mad Men’ ads and post-modern hyper-visuality. From industrial barbecue grills to juicy pulp fiction icons, Rieck engages viewers in delightfully unsettling ways,” writes Eliasoph in a gallery brochure.
Southport Galleries also has mounted a Rieck “Nouveau-Retro” show at the Hotel Delamar, 275 Old Post Road in Fairfield’s Southport section, which will run in the facility’s public areas during the month of October. Eliasoph said the Rieck show is the first of many collaborations between the gallery and luxury hotel.
Southport Galleries, which specializes in American masters and contemporary artists, will host the Rieck show through Nov. 3. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays noon to 4 p.m. For additional information, contact the gallery at 203.292.6124 or visit www.southportgalleries.com.