Greg Reiche – 2015 ARTsmart Honorary Artist
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I have developed an artist vocabulary for my sculpture which is both broad and deep using metals, glass, stone, and light. That vocabulary is informed by a journey of over 30 years of creative exploration in a wide variety of media beginning with my early work in realism, ceramics, jewelry, and furniture design.
I am fortunate to enjoy both the creative solitude of studio work and the interactive nature of site-specific and public works. Finding my inspiration in nature, science, history, and the constructed world, I like to think my work bridges that space between architecture, nature, history and mythology. I strive to create iconic work that resonates with a sense of timelessness, history, and sacredness.
Recently, in an exploration of work that is more dynamic and sensitive to its environment, I developed a body of kinetic, light-filled sculptures. I like the dynamic “living” quality of the work…animated, undulating surface of light and color…quiet one minute and alive and bursting with energy the next – art that is in sync and changing with its environment. Any little movement in the sun, the shadows, and the air…the pieces come alive. When it’s a quiet day and there’s no wind, no movement…they become very quiet and static. But when things start moving, they start moving with it; they’re very responsive. In some ways they make the invisible, visible; they make the subtle movements of shadow and light more visible to the viewer. I like that the work is so responsive. I can put it in any environment and have completely different results.
My artistic intent has always been to create more beauty and balance in a world in need of both. I feel blessed and fortunate to have been given the opportunity to do just that.Download Greg Reiche – 2015 ARTsmart Honorary Artist's printable statement.
In the 40 years that he has been creating art, Greg Reiche has done everything from ceramics to jewelry fabrication to furniture design, but in the last 20 years has narrowed his artistic focus to sculpture. From monumental site-specific work to small tabletop pieces, Reiche creates timeless works of art from simplistic forms and materials.
“Stone, glass and steel are basic materials we’ve been using for a long time,” explains Reiche (pronounced rich-ee). “I’m just finding ways to reconfigure them.”
The basic sculptural elements of Reiche’s sculpture come together to create enduring and powerful works of art. Stone and metal contribute a sense of timelessness, strength and solidity to his sculpture, while reflective glass elements breathe life and energy into the static materials. Reiche’s responsive glass tiles make invisible aspects of the environment visible to the viewer, reflecting air movements as well as subtle changes in light and shadows. The forms that make up his artwork – spirals, circles, wedges, and arcs – are powerful in their simplicity, transcending time and culture.
A New Mexico native and current Santa Fe resident, Reiche draws inspiration from the southwest landscape and geology. He grew up with an amateur archeologist in the family and became fascinated with history and the geological features of our local landscape. Pair this with an interest in the art of construction, and Reiche’s work begins to bridge the gap between nature and architecture. In his site-specific sculptures, Reiche brings out elements from the surrounding landscape, allowing the work to reflect and interact with its environment.
“I want to find what stories exist within the site,” says Reiche. “Not just human stories, but environmental and geological stories.”
Reiche’s site-specific work has been commissioned for public and private installations across the country. He was named the 2015 Honorary Artist for ARTsmart New Mexico an arts education non-profit that chooses a notable artist to work with local high school students on creative projects. Selected artists for this title are distinguished not only in New Mexico, but also throughout the world. Read more about his experience and what it means to be recognized as an Honorary Artist on the Pippin Contemporary blog, and watch this video for a closer look at Reiche’s work and inspiration from the artist’s perspective.Download Greg Reiche – 2015 ARTsmart Honorary Artist's printable biography.
(Footsteps and Fragments…El Camino Real Historic Site is both a fixed point and a meditation on the Journey. By Frederick Turner, Photographs by Jack Parsons for El Palacio magazine, September 2016) “They’re all over here,” Chris Hanson was saying, waving a hand at a stretch of cleared landscape surrounded by mesquite and with the last of summer’s desert marigolds shivering in a stiff November wind. Read article… View more El Camino de Suenos Images…
(Press Release, February 2, 2015, by Kelly Skeen) Into The Wind: New Work by Greg Reiche at Pippin Contemporary – “Into The Wind” at Pippin Contemporary will be a showing of Greg Reiche’s powerful new body of kinetic glass sculpture. For this one-man show, Reiche has created dynamic and poetic works that draw upon two basic energetic forces of nature prevalent in our natural southwestern environment: solar and wind power. Read more…
(Press Release, October 2014, by Kelly Skeen) Greg Reiche Named Honorary Artist for ARTsmart 2015 – Pippin Contemporary is thrilled to announce that sculptor Greg Reiche has been named Honorary Artist for ARTsmart 2015. Every year, ARTsmart chooses a notable artist to work with high school students on creative art projects. Read more…
(Art Profile by Ashley M. Biggers, Santa Fean Magazine February/March 2015) Some of Greg Reiche’s earliest memories of growing up in Socorro, New Mexico, are of making things. Now the professional sculptor is mentoring a new generation…Read More…
(ARTfeast 2015) Greg Reiche, Honorary Artist -Greg Reiche (born 1957) says that if he had a motto it would be to create artworks that “surprise, inspire, and/or soothe the viewer, drawing them into a personal conversation with not just the work but the space it occupies as well.” Read more…
(Southwest Art, February 2015) ARTfeast -The popular ARTfeast event unfolds this month, featuring a trio of events that bring together artists, collectors, art students, gallery owners, and more. The annual three-day affair sports a few changes for 2015. The Edible Art Tour, which pairs galleries with local restaurants, will now take place in June. Read more…
(American Art Collector, February 2015) Start of the Season – ARTsmart New Mexico, a nonprofit organization that raises money for art programs, workshops, materials and scholarships for the youth of Santa Fe and northern New Mexico, has announced the return of the ARTfeast series of weekend fundraisers. Now in its 18th year, the Santa Fe event will have a new year-round schedule with activities in February, June and October. Read more…
(by Steve Gill for Slice Magazine, November 2014) The Deep South(West) The capital of New Mexico isn’t just possessed of a stark, arid, natural beauty and distinctive architectural style; it’s also a renowned center for creative splendor thanks to the many artists…Read More…
(Press Release, October 29, 2014) Greg Reiche Named Honorary Artist for ARTsmart 2015 – Pippin Contemporary is thrilled to announce that sculptor Greg Reiche has been named Honorary Artist for ARTsmart 2015. Every year, ARTsmart chooses a notable artist to work with high school students on creative art projects. Selected artists are distinguished not only in New Mexico but also throughout Read More
(Press Release, March 2014) Dine with Sculptor Greg Reiche at Pippin Contemporary, an Art Matters – Sustenance Event In conjunction with Art Matters – Sustenance, Pippin Contemporary will be hosting an intimate dinner with sculptor, Greg Reiche, at the gallery on March 21st from 6 to 9pm. This fundraising event is limited to 20 people and will be catered by Bistro 315. Tickets are $65/each for a personal dining experience with Reiche, an…[Read More]
(by Ty Belknap for Sandoval Signpost, January 2007) Traveling Back Along the El Camino Real – Heading north on I-25 after a weekend in Truth or Consequences, we stopped at a rest area. Looking out across the vast expanse to the east, we noticed an impressive sculpture that invited further investigation. Read More
(by Keiko Ohnuma for the Sandoval Signpost, June 2009) The Bigger the Project, the More Talents Needed – When Greg Reiche calls his work monumental sculpture, he’s not exaggerating. We’re talking 6000 pounds of glass in a monolith thirty-five feet tall. Read More
|BORN – 1957|
|BBA Art/Art History, Economics – University of New Mexico|
|2013-2014||City of Terre Haute, Indiana
Design site-specific sculpture commemorating the life of composer Paul Dresser.
|City of Albuquerque, New Mexico
Design site-specific sculpture at the new library and transit center on West Central Avenue. Estimated Completion – Spring 2014.
|Lemay Health and Rehab, Ft. Collins, Colorado
Design site-specific kinetic artwork for senior citizen rehabilitation facility – a three piece kinetic glass artwork
designed to animate the grounds surrounding the facility and provide a dynamic visual focal point for contemplation and meditation by those confined to the facility. Completed September 2013.
|2012-2014||City of El Paso, Texas
Design, fabricate and install site-specific kinetic artwork for Fire Station #513 – a glass, steel and light sculpture architecturally integrated into the building facade, landscaping and hardscape. The artwork symbolizes the heroic nature and function of the facility and those working there. Special care was taken to ensure visibility of artwork to travelers on I-10 which is adjacent to the facility. Estimated Completion – Spring 2014.
|2010-2011||Columbine Healthcare Corp., Greeley, Colorado
Design, fabricate and install site-specific, monumental five piece wind-activated sculpture. This glass and steel
sculpture speaks to the enduring essence of the native prairie and acts as a “Transitional Landmark” between the built environment and an open space preserve.
|2010||Sunflower Organic Farms, LLC., Boulder, Colorado
Design, fabricate and install site-specific, kinetic sculpture. Dichroic glass, steel and stone were used in this project to create a semi-transparent screen separating the public space and the private meditation garden. Air and light activated, this artwork is extremely sensitive and responsive to the ever-changing natural environment.
|Hewlett Packard Co./Titan Development Corp., Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Design, fabricate and install site-specific, iconic, landmark kinetic steel sculpture for the new City Centre of Rio Rancho. The design of this 32 foot tall spiral was inspired by the ever present and visible winds of this high desert site as well as the ever present yet invisible flow of digital information emanating to and from the new technological/municipal center of the City.
|City of Albuquerque, New Mexico/New Mexico Department of Transportation, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Landscape design team member/artist for the Interstate 40 Carlisle and San Mateo intersections. This Economic Stimulus Recovery Project included numerous illuminated sculptural design elements incorporated within the xeric landscaping.
|2008-2009||City of Albuquerque, New Mexico/New Mexico Department of Transportation, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Landscape design team member/artist for New Mexico’s busiest interchange and largest public landscaping project to date. This $13M, 100-acre project incorporated large quantities of recycled materials, xeric landscaping and more than a dozen large scale sculptural elements incorporated within the landscape. These illuminated elements were designed in response to the varied vehicle/pedestrian environments within the overall site. Acting as narrative, aesthetic and grounding elements they provide a visual/physical connection between the elegant, linear super-structure and the design work within the ground plane.
|2008||Main Street Revitalization Project, Avon, Colorado
Design of landmark, stone, steel, glass, water and light sculptures to act as Gateways between Interstate 70 to the new main street in one of Colorado’s larger resort mountain communities. Particular emphasis was placed on the usage of local materials and environmentally sensitive design in an often harsh, high altitude environment.
|2007||Babel, City of Edmond, Oklahoma
Purchased by the City of Edmond for the Centennial Celebration in 2007. This piece of native limestone, speaks to the contrast and binding between past, present and future. It’s another piece in which recycled native stone is incorporated into an artwork with a definite contemporary feel.
|2006||Flor del Llano, City of Longmont, Colorado
Design, fabricate and install 30′ tall stone, glass, steel, and light Gateway sculpture for the entrance to the City of Longmont fronting Colorado Highway 119. This sculpture and landscape design actively incorporates and emphasizes landmark elements of the local skyline into the overall design of the artwork. Constructed with a high level of local and recycled materials, this sculpture commemorates the original founders of the community while presenting a forward-thinking, iconic image of the community.
|2005||Museum of New Mexico/New Mexico State Monuments/U.S. Bureau of Land Management
Design, fabricate and install 34′ tall steel, glass and text monument/Gateway sculpture for the entrance to the Camino Real International Heritage Center and Museum. This piece acts as a visual beacon for travelers for miles around and marks the exit for the museum that is three miles off the interstate and not visible. This monumental sculpture speaks to the harsh, yet beautiful desert environment, embracing the concept of our infinite, timeless journey.
|Golf Course Road Project, Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|Lincoln Street Rail Station, Denver, Colorado|
|Portal el Vida II, City of Edmond, Oklahoma|
|Benson Sculpture Park, City of Loveland, Colorado
Design, fabricate and install three-piece stone and glass Gateway sculpture for the North Entrance to Benson Sculpture Park, the largest municipal sculpture park west of the Mississippi. Constructed from locally quarried stone, this sculpture marks the west end of the park bridge and symbolizes the gathering of family and community.
|2004||Sky Hook, Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|NWO II, Bernalillo County Courthouse, Albuquerque, New Mexico|
|2003||Serpentine Ascent, Western New Mexico University, Silver City, New Mexico|
|Ascension of Light, San Juan College, Farmington, New Mexico|
|Radiance, State of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico|