Gallery 1010 (UTK) / 1150 McCalla Ave. October 19, 2018 - October 21, 2018

William Rerick

My personal experiences as a male function as emotional catalysts for my paintings. The primary catalysts are photos of my father in a shared sensual environment where bodies coexist and yearn to connect in the same physical space despite retaining individual minds: hot tubs, hotel rooms, and saunas. These experiences reflect a quasi-union between two entities, which is paralleled by painting a familiar subject. This act of rumination provides an investigation through memory and phenomenal qualities into a subject’s core. This serves as an outlet to try to penetrate the surface of an image — to understand the ungraspable essence of an individual. I believe I have respectfully depicted a subject when their noumenon, psyche, or nonmaterial qualities are noticeably withdrawn. There exists a bridge that is unable to “go the distance” between the subject and the viewer’s gaze, which is often reciprocated and pulled into the illusionistic space filled with heat, steam, and water.