Oakland artist Bunnie Reiss concludes her year-long artist residency at Alameda Saint Vincent de Paul Society’s Redux Studios & Gallery with the exhibition, ‘World Without End,’ featuring immersive fabric and painting installations including magical animals perched above and below, a wealth of framed original artwork, and a cozy, wooden tent-like structure that beckons audiences to immerse themselves into Reiss’ magical world with the warm glow of a spherical lamp, soft, handmade pillows and a participatory artpiece for wishmaking by tying yarns upon surrounding branches.
Reflecting upon her past show that began the residency this time last year, “The In Between,” this exhibition’s unique variations illustrate how several of Reiss’ artistic endeavors in 2013 have inspired and influenced her artistic practice. The brightly-colored and intricately patterned details within her suite of new multimedia artwork can be strongly attributed to a month-long expedition in Thailand and India, where she recorded disparate art resources from ancient, historical temples to graphic designs in street poster art. Quilting motifs in the large wall-hanging and on the cloud character seem reminiscent of similar imagery in a large-scale textiles project she lead at Burning Man festival creating a 4,000 square-feet quilted shade inside the Temple of Whollyness.
Bunnie Reiss, “World Without End” will be at Redux Studios & Gallery, 2315 Lincoln Ave, Alameda through February 9, 2014. “Like” Redux Studios & Gallery on Facebook to learn more about the SVdP Artist in Residence program for 2014 and how to apply.