February 3 – March 5, 2011

Press Release

New York, New York – Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe is pleased to announce its first solo exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Los Angeles based artist Michael Reafsnyder. Feast will open on February 3, 2011 and will remain on view through March 5, 2011. A reception for the artist will take place February 3, between 6:00 and 8:00 PM. The public is welcome.

Developed with a true sense of optimism, the paintings and sculptures in this exhibition offer the opportunity to confront happiness rather than search for it. Reafsnyder’s distinct style is a fresh departure from the serious and complex inspirations often rooted in Abstract Expressionist art; Instead, the complexity of the work lies within the methodical process in which it is created. Despite the appearance of effortless spontaneity, each gesture is carefully crafted and thoughtfully organized. The thick applications of acrylic, animated brush strokes, and fiercely fantastic use of color ignite a wildly contagious energy. Reafsnyder’s colorful ceramics echo the liveliness and exuberance in his painting. Clay or canvas, Reafsnyder’s playful work will leave you with a smile long after the conversation has ended.

Michael Reafsnyder was born in Orange, California and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his BA from Chapman University in 1992 and went on to earn his MFA in 1996 from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Reafsnyder has exhibited in several solo and group shows across the country including exhibitions at RB Stevenson Gallery; Rebecca Ibel Gallery; Mark Moore Gallery; the Las Vegas Art Museum; Laguna Art Museum; and Western Project. His work is also part of selected public collections including Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio; and Portland Art Museum, Oregon.