A Series of 4″ x 6″ Gouache Paintings
Exhibition shown at Gallery Camino Real Gallery Camino Real Gallery Center
608 Banyon Trail Boca Raton, FL 33431
“365 Views of Delray Beach” is a series of paintings (4″ X 6″) by Reginald Case. Using a postcard/snapshot format, each image depicts immediately recognizable iconographic images.
The paintings were derived from a series of photographs the artist shot of the banal, familiar palm trees, clouds, beaches and sunrise/sunset colors of the southeast Florida coast. The artist depicts this imagery in a trompe l’oeil technique, blurring the distinction between photograph and painting. In this manner, the series continues a dialogue that has engaged many artists of our time, including David Hockney and Gerhard Richter.
The events of 9/11 lend another dimension to this series. It was soon discovered that Delray Beach had unknowingly hosted some of the terrorists who, while living there, took flying lessons and used the library computers in preparation for their deadly flight.
Many of the painted images in Case’s series of natural phenomena seem to parallel the photographic and TV images seen in the media depicting apocalyptic visions. By an ironic coincidence of fate, the banal subject matter of these paintings can be interchangeable with or allude to pictures of war and destruction. As if taken from a TV newsreel, the images confound our sense of reality as though art is imitating life.
Case’s work has been shown for many years at Allan Stone Gallery in NYC, along with paintings of Richard Estes and Wayne Thiebaud, whose work also represent the iconography of American life. Case’s work has been included in numerous group shows nationwide and has been shown in one-man exhibitions in several major American museums with accompanying catalogs. Works by Case are included in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim, Fogg, Smithsonian and other American museums. An extensive bibliography includes reviews in The New York Times, Art News, Arts Magazine and other publications.
Case received a BFA and MFA from Boston University studying with Walter Murch and Robert Gwathmey.