Two Finger
April 29 - May 22

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311 E 3rd Street

April 29 - May 22


When James Reyes enters his studio, he rarely knows what a work will look like when it's complete. After the canvas is primed, Reyes paints amorphously, creating personal Rorschach tests on which to project his thoughts. Through an informed art historical vocabulary, Reyes fuses the fantastical with the biblical by way of colorful scenes reminiscent of both 1960s psychedelia and Medieval manuscripts. With intricately structured, anthropomorphic compositions, Reyes invites viewers to consider the fluidity of form within a Surrealist dreamscape.

Two Finger presents a suite of intimately scaled gestural paintings, made primarily in the artist's Bronx studio over the last three years. The show's title, Two Finger, (though inspired by the artist's relationship to a specific video game) calls the iconic peace sign hand signal to mind. This universally recognized action exists both as a symbol of coexistence and a dismissive, empty gesture; at once engaged and withdrawn. The semiotic duality of the two finger peace sign speaks to the experience of viewing a painting by Reyes. To one person, the dreamscape may appear grotesque and terrifying, while another interprets the scene as an escapist fantasy. Much like the Rorschach test method Reyes roots his process in, the works presented in Two Finger asks the viewer; what do they see and what does it say about themselves?