Thursday, July 31, 2008

I Got Fever

Jessica Palmer, the thoughtful blogger, artist and scientist responsible for Bioephemera, one of my favorite blogs, wrote a generous post about my work yesterday.

She may be biased by our friendship, but I'm all too happy to have my work described as "feverish."

Find the full post here.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


I apologize for not providing blog regulars with more substantiative content, but I remain unable to create adequate time for my red-ink heavy writing. I find this vexing, and hope that it will not be the case for very much longer.

I haven't abandoned online activity, however.

This week's issue (203, July 29th) of Flavorpill:Chicago features my oh-so-popular painting, "between meaning and material (h.H.R.)." The ocelot lives in Switzerland now, domesticated in the home of a collector, but it's seeing its fair share of reproduction.

Click here to see the direct Flavorpill link.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Two New York exhibitions open

I am participating in two group exhibitions that open this coming Friday, August 1st. (Only one of these will have an opening reception; the other will instead have a closing reception in early September.)

I include one recent drawing in "Year of the Rat," a small group exhibition at Archibald Arts. Also participating in this show are artists whose work I have admired for some time, among them Brandon Ballengee, Bryan Zimmerman and Christy Rupp.

I will have two (maybe three) recent works in "Opportunity as Community: Artists Select Artists, Part Two," at the wonderful Dieu Donne Papermill. For this exhibition, current and former Dieu Donne residency artists were invited to recommend other artists to create work using handmade paper from the mill. I am honored to receive the nod from A.J. Bocchino.

Please find all pertinent details below.


Marc Handelman
"Study for a Composition"
Graphite on book pages and handmade paper on linen
55 x 42.75 x 1.5 inches

Dieu Donne Papermill
"Opportunity as Community: Artists Select Artists, Part Two"
August 1st - September 6th

315 West 36th Street
New York, NY 10018
Gallery hours: Monday - Friday, 10 - 6 PM

Closing reception: Friday, September 5th, 6 - 8 PM

Participating artists:
Louis Cameron (selected by Mary Temple)
Sarah Crowner (selected by Peter Simensky)
Bruce Dow (selected by Allyson Strafella)
Marc Handelman (selected by Vargas-Suarez Universal)
Karl Jensen (selected by Brad Brown)
Joan Linder (selected by Sonya Blesofsky)
Liza McConnell (selected by Kirsten Hassenfeld)
Mike Quinn (selected by Rachel Foullon)
Christopher Reiger (selected by A.J. Bocchino)


Archibald Arts
"Year of the Rat"
August 1st - September 30th

602 Tenth Avenue (b/n 43 - 44 St.)
Bell #2RS
New York, NY 10036
Gallery hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 1 - 6 PM

Opening reception: Friday, August 1st, 6 - 8 PM

Participating artists:
Jean Shin
Bryan Zimmerman
Christy Rupp
Christopher Reiger
Kathy High
Jeffrey Porterfield
Robin Graubard
Brandon Ballengee

"Splash," Cerasoli Gallery

Christopher Reiger
"Riparian Interlude"
Watercolor, gouache, sumi ink and marker on Arches paper
22 x 27 inches

I've just now realized that I didn't post an announcement for "Splash," a group show at Los Angeles' Cerasoli Gallery. I include two paintings from 2006, "Riparian Interlude" and "A Given Variable."

The exhibition closes this Saturday, August 2nd, so hustle on over if you're in southern California.

The details are below.


Cerasoli Gallery
July 12 - August 2, 2008

8530-B Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11 AM - 6 PM

Sunday, July 20, 2008


Fourth of July Fireworks; Viewed from Red Hook, Brooklyn; July 2008

"Catharsis is properly effected not by works of art but by religious rites. It is also effected, less properly, by bullfights, professional football matches, bad movies, military bands, and monster rallies at which ten thousand Girl Guides form themselves into a living flag."
- W.H. Auden

Photo credit: Hungry Hyaena, 2008

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

the wildlings come to feed

I finished a new painting last week.

Christopher Reiger
"the wildlings come to feed"
Watercolor, gouache, sumi ink and marker on Arches paper
27 x 27 inches

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Scraping Up

Saint Patrick's Cathedral; Manhattan; June 2008

"The tall building is itself artistically akin to the tall story. The very word skyscraper is an admirable example of an American lie."
- G.K. Chesterton

Photo credit: Hungry Hyaena, 2008

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Tremendously, Excitedly, Perversely Bored

Kids Playing Under Northwest Freeway; Rocky River Reservation; Lakewood, Ohio; June 2008
"That element of tragedy which lies in the very fact of frequency has not yet wrought itself into the coarse emotion of mankind; and perhaps our frames could hardly bear much of it. If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence."
- George Eliot, "Middlemarch"

Happy Independence Day, America. Here's to the ignored roar.

Photo credit: Hungry Hyaena, 2008