HIGH ART: ‘Tetonics’ showcases mixed-media works

By on June 4, 2013
‘Birthday Goggles’ by Steven Glass. ‘Every One I’ve Ever Known’ by Steven Glass.

‘Birthday Goggles’ by Steven Glass.
‘Every One I’ve Ever Known’ by Steven Glass.

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – There is hardly a community in this strangely magnificent country that is so perfectly described by the words “mixed media,” as this one that we call home. On any given day, one might see right-wingers breaking bread with lefts, dirt-covered boots stomping to pounding bass or blue-bird dawns giving way to thunder-filled, foreboding afternoons. Ours is a community of juxtapositions – a place with the most fertile and determined of artistic grounds.

Like many creatives, local mixed-media artists Jenna Reineking and Steven Glass draw inspiration from this surprising place of contradicitons, and both do so in their own vibrantly distinct ways.

Both artists are friends, and Glass says their works are evolving. “Jenna is adding encaustic techniques to her wookblocking while I am adding screenprinting,” he said.

Jenna Reineking’s work relies on woodblock printing and encaustic (hot wax) painting. These methods are some of the most ancient in the artist’s bag of tricks, and the end results are pieces of work that seem as though they were rendered by hands centuries older than hers. There is a temper to this artwork that’s at home in this time, yet appears so otherworldly that it could have come off the walls of an ancient cave. The softness of the encaustic pieces is made new by the subject and the vibrant color schemes, while the woodblock pieces carry the weight of feeling and movement in a way that only wood can. There is a sense of a river of time and emotion flowing throughout her collection and inevitably, into our world.

‘Buffalo Spirit #1’ by Jenna Reineking.

‘Buffalo Spirit #1’ by Jenna Reineking.

On the flip side of this show is Steven Glass’ mixed-media works. He uses canvas, spray paint, glass, wood and paint of all kinds to create his art. His methods and how they generate texture and sensation are fascinating. There is something oddly alive in his pieces. Some edge on the frantic with color and stroke, building a controlled frenzy and evoking a feeling he was working from a dream state – a place where up is down and down is unthinkable. On the other side of his collection is a focus and patience that seems to come from another person’s brain entirely – a melding together of space, color and subject that makes it hard to believe the same artist created it all. Glass deftly moves amid the hurried movement of graffiti and the studied minimalisms of modern art.

Taken in all at once, this show will leave you moved and shaken. Just how some like it around these parts.

“Tetonics” featuring new works by Jenna Reineking and Steven Glass opens Wednesday, June 5, 5 p.m., at Alpine Wines Bistro in Driggs. An encore opening is slated for June 7, during the First Friday Art Walk in Driggs. The show hangs through June and July. Teton Arts Council at 208-354-4278 (message only).


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