Erik ReeL Showing in Santa Barbara

Non-Objective painting for a world in trouble: Painting exhibition in Santa Barbara
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Sept. 4, 2018 - PRLog -- The GraySpace Gallery presents Erik ReeL: Zero Point, an exhibition of new paintings and studies exploring mark-making and how we cognitively process visual images.

A special feature of this exhibition will be the first public exhibition of what ReeL calls "Tuning Field Studies" - images designed to calibrate our brain's ability to perceive specific types of imagery related to his non-objective paintings.  Cognitive studies have recently demonstrated that certain types of imagery actually stimulates more diverse and wider areas of the brain than imagery containing recognizable objects. These studies also suggest that the brain's ability to do other deep and complex cognitive tasks may actually be enhanced by this activity. Further, that the human brain may actually be fine-"tuned" in such a way as to enhance its ability to perceive this type of imagery. Some studies even suggest the possibility that such a tuning might improve cognitive functioning in other areas unrelated to art, including, but definitely not limited to, mitigating some types of cognitive degeneration.

A central point in ReeL's thinking and art is his insistence that his non-objective imagery--and indeed mind itself, a la Bateson--is fundamentally neither supernatural nor mechanical; that the history of non-objective imagery in the West has been erroneously distorted by beliefs and arguments  which base it either on a supernatural [e.g., Kandinsky's Toward the Spiritual in Art] or a mechanistic [materialistic, e.g., Malevich's dialectical materialism] foundation.  These misrepresentations echo deeper ontological and epistemological errors that are at the root of deep problems in the modern world as forces aligned with either misguided beliefs in the supernatural or a meaning-destroying, deadening hyper-materialism tear our world apart.

A special aspect of this exhibition is its accompaniment in the GraySpace Gallery Annex by an exhibition guest-curated by Rhonda P. Hill, married to Erik ReeL and founder of EDGE, of an exhibition titled Blurred Boundaries: Fashion as an Art, featuring a group of emerging international fashion designers including Tingyie Jiang, Alena Kalana, and Hera Zhou.  According to Rhonda Hill, "The power of fashion lies in its ability to transform identity and culture."

This exhibition was originally scheduled for early 2018, but had to be cancelled and rescheduled due to the Thomas Fire and subsequent mudslides, which both closed the GraySpace gallery and forced Rhonda and Erik's evacuation.

The title, Zero Point,  refers to the "zero", or ground, point in the meaning of a mark or marking, ReeL's GraySpace exhibition will feature the major new, paintings Babel, and Origins, plus a series of the previously mentioned, never-before-exhibited studies for ReeL's tuning fields.

About Erik ReeL
Erik ReeL's work explores issues around signification, meaning in mark making, and cognitive processing, with work represented by collections in New York,  Berlin, London, Seoul, Los Angeles, Paris, Buenos Aires, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, Oakland, Minneapolis, Seattle, Indianapolis,  San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Santa Fe [NM]. Public collections include Seattle City Light, the Museum of Ventura County, the City of Seattle, and the Morris Graves Museum of Art. Recent shows include exhibitions at the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio, the CICA Museum in Seoul, South Korea, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, and the Morris Graves Museum of Art, both in  California.


EDGE, the acronym for Emerging Designers Get Exposed, is an international platform advancing the field of fashion in artistic values, cultural significance, and sustainability through the exposure of emerging designers.   Its website,, is a periodic digest capturing an intelligent perspective on fashion. It provides a magazine-style look at the paradigm shift from irresponsible, excessive production and consumption to one of environmental and ethical consciousness, cultural sensitivity, and purpose.

EDGE champions making the art of fashion more accessible by exposing designers through the public venue of an art gallery or museum.  It broadens the horizons of the viewer, forces them to look at fashion from a different point of view. To experience contemporary fashion, like contemporary art, is to engage and interact.  It is a catalyst for dialogue and exchange of ideas and values.

"My hope is that the viewer will enjoy looking at fashion through a cultural lens, embrace the unexpected and that the exhibit inspires new inquiry of 'fashion as an art'", adds Hill.


Rhonda P. Hill is founder of EDGE and creator of Blurred Boundaries: Fashion as an Art.  Hill is an accomplished business leader in the Fashion and Entertainment industries and currently contributes to the fashion industry as fashion curator, business adviser, conscious fashion advocate, writer, editor, and e-magazine publisher.  Starting as a contemporary fashion buyer at Macy's, Hill built a reputation for understanding a sophisticated and fashion savvy consumer. She has been recognized and awarded for her leadership in fashion merchandising, holding executive positions at Warner Bros. Studio Stores, adidas, Levi Strauss & Co. and as Vice President for Direct Marketing, Consumer Products Division of The Walt Disney Company.

As Editor-in-Chief of, Hill publishes a collection of interviews, narratives, and cultural perspectives on the transformation in the fashion industry, with the "EDGE Talks" as the centerpiece.  She

is quite vocal on the environmental damage caused by the fashion industry and a staunch advocate for slow fashion.

Erik ReeL: Zero Point on view 21 September - 11 November, 2018.  Opening reception: 21 September, 5-8pm.
Blurred Boundaries: Fashion as an Art is on view 21 September - 11 November, 2018.  Opening reception: 21 September, 5-8pm.

GraySpace Gallery
219 Gray Avenue, Santa Barbara, California.  805-886-0552 |

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