Signs of Wear, an exhibition of new works by Texas artist Randall Reid, will be
on display September 7 through October 12 at William Campbell Contemporary Art.
An opening reception will be held on Fort Worth Art Dealers Association's (FWADA)
Fall Gallery Night, Saturday, September 7, from 12:00 to 9:00 p.m. The show will
include a collection of works featuring Reid's signature constructions of wood,
metal, and other found objects, repurposed and arranged to create three-dimensional
wall pieces. The resulting designs present bold, abstracted patterns that
categorize the otherwise utilitarian materials in a contemporary aesthetic
framework, while at the same time recalling their familiarity and cementing a
connection to the past.
Reid's work is largely about the history of its components, both physical and
emotional. The people who manufactured them, the functions they served, the
places they dwelled, the memories they created, all come alive for the artist
as he reassembles the individual parts into rhythmic formations of color, line,
and texture, often centered on a reference point such as a weathered toy or a
patinaed measuring tool. For Reid, each construction is a "confluence of how
many things had to occur before I was able to make the piece."
Situated at the center of a painting-sculpture-assemblage triad, Reid's
finished compositions strike a balance between slick, geometric shapes and
roughly painted wood segments in varying stages of saturation. Typically
measuring three inches thick, their significant depth directly impacts viewer
space, while also reinforcing their overall tactile quality, rooted in physical
heft and hand-hewn precision, as well as in Reid's own memories of digging
through piles of his grandparents' memorabilia.
As much as Reid's artworks bring history alive, they also propel the reassembled
objects into new, perhaps unexpected futures. "I change the history... alter the
path of the materials," says the artist, whose actions, in turn, change not just
physical traits and uses, but also viewer perception To that end, Reid's artist
statement describes the work as paying homage to the past while simultaneously
forging ahead toward new evolutions: "He opens and transforms dormant memories
from chapters previously closed into new life with new meaning. By
re-contextualizing the past, Randall creates new iterations that abound in the
When it comes to collecting materials, Reid considers himself a "hunter gatherer."
In addition to stores of household items belonging to him and his family, Reid
finds his would-be media at flea markets, antique stores, and garage sales. As
such, he maintains a vast inventory of antique tools, toys, and raw materials
waiting to be transformed.
Ultimately, Reid's work combines elements of chance with a deliberate aesthetic
intention as he fits disparate pieces together into one cohesive entity. Further,
they become a fusion of the physical, visual, and cerebral considerations of the
artist-a personal, creative archaeology that Reid has cultivated throughout his
career. "It's always been my history," he says. "Finding something and reacting
to it, relating to it, deconstructing it."
ABOUT THE ARTIST
For more than three decades, artist Randall Reid has exhibited work in over
three hundred venues across Texas and the United States, in New York City,
Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston,
Little Rock, New Orleans, San Antonio, and Santa Fe, among others. Notable
juried exhibitions include the Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Art Center
in Little Rock, the Texas National at Stephen F. Austin State University,
the Valdosta National at Georgia's Valdosta State University, and the Bradley
National Print & Drawing Exhibition at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois.
Reid's work is included in various corporate and public collections, including
those of the Raymond James Financial Corporation; GTE; Haynes and Boone, LLP;
NFR Energy; Price Waterhouse, Dallas; Cedar Park Regional Medical Center; the
Arkansas Art Center; the Austin Museum of Art; Texas State University at San
Marcos; the Longview Art Museum; Texas Tech University; and New Orleans Public
Service, among others. Books featuring his work include Randall Reid: Full
Circle; Randall Reid: Layers of Perception; Recontextualized: Ordered Layers;
and Beyond Surface.
Randall Reid earned his MFA from Texas Tech University and a BFA from
Louisiana Tech University. He currently teaches at Texas State University,
San Marcos, where he has been a professor of art and design since 1988.