Juxtapoz Magazine – Dark Matters: An Interview with Rob Reger for his Solo Show @ 111 Minna Gallery, SF

111 Minna‘s hottest exhibition attributes new and exceptional performs by Rob Reger in his solo exhibit entitled Dark Matters alongside a solo exhibit by Adam Caldwell, Colorless Inexperienced Concepts. These days, we glance at Reger’s operate, and a discussion in conjunction with the display. Known for his really well-known comedian publications, graphic novels, and clothing strains from his collection Emily The Strange—in addition to his gothic-macabre art style—Rob Reger’s most recent is effective are refreshing parts to function at 111 Minna right after nine decades with no this mainstay artist gracing 111’s partitions. Rob Reger’s hottest functions exhibit his fewer properly recognised but equally outstanding summary creative oeuvre, which is now presenting to the general public for the 1st time in a detailed exhibition.

Michelle Delaney: What artists motivated you to come to be an artist? Who continues to encourage you?
Rob Reger: Doctor Seuss was my 1st inspiration- his other-worlds and landscape architecture specifically. Outside of the physician, MC Escher, HR Giger, and the Summary Expressionists and Surrealists. They all received me contemplating about artwork in a new way. Presently, my present-day artist friends are an incredible affect. Bryan deRoo, Tim Biskup, Skinner are specifically potent artists that I adore to see.

Can you explain the process that you perform by to create your art?
I often start with meditation. It will help me reduce the distractions of the environment and aim on my perform. I almost never start off portray realizing what that painting will seem like at all in the stop. I genuinely never know what’s going to transpire, but I enable the paint and artwork spirit direct me. As portion of this, I use rapidly, instinctual mark producing throughout the canvas until a little something emerges. Around time, I will start off to turn into far more important with my marks, viewing the piece emerge.

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How do you make a decision on the theme of a clearly show?
To some degree like my procedure for producing artwork, my themes arrive alongside one another after building plenty of work I begin to see interactions involving the parts. Meditation is important right here, far too, as it allows make clear the function as a total. This can acquire yrs though sometimes for the theme to emerge, as this exhibit did. The thread between all the items is this show is making on, over, with and through anything in front of me, which includes my darkish aspect. The past has educated the present– it is buried in there and has led to what you see, but it’s not entrance and middle working the demonstrate any for a longer time. This exhibit is a metaphor for the advancement in my personal and professional daily life and how my mind operates (I have Increase/ADHD).

How do you make a decision on your shade palette?
It’s extra an exploration than something described from the get-go. I start out portray and see how the perform evolves around time. I also appreciate black and white- the main contrast colors, but even all those functions almost never just have black and white, there will be subtle hues and colours to generate heat or coolness. A palette is hardly ever set in stone, it may change significantly at the very finish.

What has adjusted in your art in the previous 5 a long time?
For me, the largest hurdle from the past was truly ending parts. I have so a lot of paintings that are 80% performed that I’ve ongoing to perform on for years. Aspect of this is my exhilaration for discovery. The preliminary phase of painting, creating something new and not understanding in which it is going and then discovering it is awesome. The previous 20% of the perform is extra of a challenge and time consuming, and obtaining Include does not support! For the very last calendar year I have stopped consuming and cigarette smoking weed, which has truly aided me in experiencing the additional tough and darker components of my lifestyle and my get the job done. Things are acquiring concluded now, and that is a huge alter. I have also been acquiring back again into pencil and graphite work and drawing much more.

You stated material totally free dwelling contributing to your the latest artwork. Can you elaborate on that?
I’m carrying out my absolute most effective to observe and have confidence in my own internal art spirit and I experienced the instinct that this will transpire very best with a clean brain and body. I’d usually listened to (and rather admired) the estimate “write drunk, edit sober”. While not doing this basically all the time, I certainly acquired lit in the studio for most of my vocation, and I’m not confident I agree with it anymore. Who understands if I will never drink beer or smoke weed once more, but this challenge of essentially struggling with points in extra authentic time has compelled a certain self-assurance from within and have confidence in in my instincts that were finding stifled prior to.


Are there issues you skip from pre-pandemic everyday living?
Honestly, I miss out on conference all my buddies at 111 Minna Gallery. It is the just one spot I could normally go and see so many of the people in my existence I take into account relatives, colleagues and troopers in the artwork scene that I dig.

What are you most psyched about for your forthcoming show?
Looking at all this do the job and what goes on in my head on the wall all alongside one another is truly fascinating. The connections and actions within just the operate, the route from start to end, with complete staying a crucial word below. The working title for this display was Mindscapes- as the work is a type of landscape illustration of how my head is effective. This improved a short while ago to Dark Matters, though, which feels like additional the accurate thread that connects them all- the experiencing my fears and finishing this system of get the job done.

Do you visualize the figures you make in the worlds of your artwork?
I locate myself thinking back again to the Rob of my childhood and imagining it would be awesome to check out and go on adventures inside my pieces. The dreamscapes, creepy architecture, the strains and designs. The aspiration of checking out them does excite me. It is incredibly tempting to place in Emily the Strange or a cat listed here or there, but for this clearly show they are not in there, just you and me and all people else who wants to join.

Dim Matters opens May 5 at 111 Minna, San Francisco