Riverviews Artspace welcomes two artists for a joint show of classic technique in a contemporary interpretation. Kris Rehring and Simeon Youngmann use ambiguous subjects and environments with subtle palettes and grayscale to create intimate art pieces. The result is figural compositions that convey narratives or provoke emotion to suit each of their underlying themes.
Kris Rehring has shown her oil paintings across the country in solo and group exhibitions, most recently at the 60th Stockton Art League Juried Exhibition at The Haggin Museum in Stockton, CA and The National Association of Women Artists’ Winter Small Works Juried Exhibition in New York, NY. Working mostly from life, much of her paintings take on the human role in reclaiming neglected space and often feature a human subject in smaller proportion to their environment. Her painting style incorporates layering in a way that builds up her detailed figures and backgrounds.
For more insight, check out these interviews with Rehring; http://www.lexingtonartleague.org/art-stories/feast-artist-feature-kris-rehiring
Simeon Youngmann is an emerging artist who has shown his work in multiple cities in New York. In 2016, he earned his Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing at the State University of New York at Albany. Religious tropes intersect familiar moments of humanity: a haloed figure sends a text message and a paramedic wears angelic white. Postures of worship and prayer, taken out of context, become commonplace, conflating the sacred and mundane.