Space Angels | Bunnie Reiss Solo Exhibition
SPACE ANGELS opens Saturday November 4th, 2017
Superchief Gallery LA
739 Kohler St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Superchief Gallery LA is pleased to present the exhibition of Space Angels, a new body of work by Bunnie Reiss, known for her vibrant murals, featuring over two dozen new paintings, sculptural pieces, installations, quilts and more. This is her first solo exhibition in two years. The opening reception will be held on November 4 from 6pm - 11pm. Space Angels will be on view until December 2, 2017.
Space Angels, is Reiss’ exploration of a new fantastical universe that may be born from the conflicts that currently embroil the world, the paintings depicting its colorful inhabitants in her signature style of abstract, folk-art portraiture. She describes these figurative works as our “imaginal selves,” created as we retreat from the chaos so we can cocoon and dissolve our current circumstances, then come out completely new, all the way down to our gooey cellular form. “Our souls might just be saved and rise up from land to somewhere in the stars,” says Reiss in her artist statement. “We could go back to the basics of kindness, compassion, a deeper understanding of the human condition, and reread all the ancient books given to us by Mother Nature.”
About Bunnie Reiss:
Bunnie Reiss was born in Maryland, but raised mostly with the wide-blue sky’s of Colorado. Having come from a large Polish/Russian family, eating, loud talking and community shaped her life. She was a tiny rebel with a large imagination, knowing at a young age that she quite didn’t fit in and the world was a much bigger place than quiet suburban landscape that seemed to endlessly surround her.
She moved to rural Colorado, studied literature, and worked for NPR and other various publications, while quietly painting on the side. Magic, mysticism and the stars slowly crept into her conscious, and she began almost obsessively studying anything she could get her hands on. With her need to travel slowly pushing her all over the world, she eventually left Colorado and relocated to San Francisco, which at the time was a hub for creativity and guerrilla art. Her almost 15-year life their included an MFA from San Francisco Arts Institute and years of creative incubation in wild streets full of weird art and people painting everywhere. She
became herself here, found her community of artists that she would spend many years building, living and creating many things together.
After a small stint in France, and a few other areas around the US, Bunnie relocated to Los Angeles several years ago to pursue larger mural and installation based projects. Her work is heavily influenced by her Eastern European background, with its tradition of folk art, bright colors and community engagement. Her extensive travels have also added an extra layer of conversation, which make her creations unique. She has shown extensively in both the United States and around the world, in galleries, alternative spaces, bookstores, abandoned buildings, fields and forests, or any place that seems to need a little extra magic. Her brightly colored folk murals decorate many countries and can be found all over the world. Los Angeles, Mexico, Italy, Paris, India, Philippines, Detroit, Milwaukee, New York, San Francisco are just a few places you would likely stumble upon one.