I normally don't post about artists that I've met personally since I worry that it heightens the sensitivity around what I might say or how I interpret their work. However, Caris Reid is a deeply amiable person who I find encourages any type of discovery or awareness anyone might feel at any moment. There is an inviting presence about Caris and I can say the same for her recent work: an intimate series of paintings of dancers and performers. Her own description of this project,
"Each of the women is locked in a posture of intense focus within the vocabulary of dance. All the women I chose to work with move fluidly between dance and other creative mediums...Gloria also works as a painter, Caroline is a singer, and Madeline works with video. I was interested in capturing a hyper articulated posture, were the focus was primarily on the face and the hands, in a state of seeming self hypnosis."
I love the bold colors competing with the softness of these women. Each woman focused on something mysteriously internal; each evading any specific moment in time. The duality of these images is complex. Many are currently on display at Interstate Projects this month in a group show called "The Black Lodge". Black Lodge references the surreal environment within David Lynch's Twin Peaks series where time and space are non linear and any previous sense of reality dissolves. The work is on display until the end of the month. A more indepth interview with Caris can be found here.
above quote from "POST NEW"