From flea market to fine art:
Professor gives new life to relics
Randall Reid is an alchemist. His ability to turn base metals into gold has been showcased in galleries, museums, offices and embassies stretching across the globe from San Marcos to Kuwait.
The Texas State University art professor specializes in deconstructing antique found objects — like oil cans, rulers, rakes and signs — to create new works of art. Collecting objects from flea markets, garage sales, antique stores and junk shops, Reid transforms them into minimalist masterpieces.
“My work reflects the process of aging, in that the chance and random circumstances involved in its creation are closely correlated with the physicality of growth and decay,” Reid says. “By combining raw and well-worn materials, I seek to give visual form to our relationships with the past.”
Currently on faculty development leave, Reid is working in his on-campus studio creating pieces for his upcoming solo exhibition, “Evidence of a Society,” which will be held on campus in the fall 2012 semester. In the more immediate future, his work will be on display in two upcoming events in San Marcos’ neighboring metropolises.
The first event, “Art to the Power of Ten,” will be held Friday, Sept. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio. Reid’s 14 Road piece will be part of an art raffle to benefit the museum’s contemporary acquisitions fund. Additional pieces will be on display for purchase during the event. RSVP by Sept. 2.
Reid’s work also will be part of an upcoming contemporary exhibition, “Reclamations,” at the Davis Gallery in Austin. The opening event for the show, which will feature 30 of Reid’s works as well as works by Philip Durst and Joseph Hammer, will be Saturday, Sept. 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibition will be on display through Oct. 15.
“Reclamations invites the viewer into a unique visual world where meaning is infused into ephemeral and otherwise banal objects,” says a release by the Davis Gallery. “Materials otherwise bound in their own rapidly decaying existence are reclaimed and given a compelling new life in the works of Reid, Hammer and Durst.”
Several of Reid’s creations have been selected for the “Small Works Invitational” at the Costello-Childs Contemporary in Scottsdale, Ariz. That exhibition will open in December.