Thursdays | 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Fridays | 2:00pm - 7:00pm
Saturdays | 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Sundays | 11:00am - 3:00pm
Exhibition held across two locations:
EEA Main Gallery - 133 E. Main Street, Riverhead
11 West Gallery - 11 W. Main Street, Peconic Crossing, Riverhead
Saturday, September 24 4:00pm - 7:00pm
EEA Main Gallery
Artist Discussion with Helen A. Harrison
Wednesday, October 26 6:00pm
11 West Gallery
Rites of Spring Concert with Gene Pritsker
Friday, November 4 6:00pm
11 West Gallery
About the Artist
Rainer Gross was born in Köln, Germany in 1951. He has lived and worked in New York City since 1973 before moving to the North Fork of Long Island In 2017.
Gross had two solo gallery exhibitions already this year, in New York City with Margaret Thatcher Projects and Galerie Richard in Paris, France.
He was included in the Beijing Biennale as a representative of Germany. In 2012, the Ludwigmuseum (Koblenz, Germany) held a four-decade survey of his paintings in 2012. Other notable national and international solo exhibits include the Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts (Lausanne, Switzerland) 1984, Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion (Champaign, Illinois) 1998, Kunsthalle Emden (Emden, Germany)1989 to name a few. Gross’ paintings are housed in numerous public and privat collections, including the AT&T Corporate Art Collection, the Cohen Family Collection, the Hirschhorn Collection, the UBS Union Bank of Switzerland, Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserlautern (Germany), Stadtmuseum Cologne (Germany) the Lowe Art Museum and many others. His work has been reviewed by the New York Times, Art in America, ArtNews, The Brooklyn Rail, The Boston Globe, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and many European publications.
Rainer Gross creates vivid abstract paintings in which composition, hue and surface texture are mirrored across two side-by-side canvases. The left and right images share nearly identical flowing patches of acidic color or rich earth tones with heavy flakes of cracked impasto, yet there are differences in both the intensity and positioning of elements. These inexact duplications result from the artist's unique, self-devised painting technique. Starting with two canvases of equal size, Gross coats the first canvas with multiple layers of water-based pigment. After applying a thick layer of oil paint to the second canvas, he presses both together face to face and allows them to dry overnight. Gross pulls the dried surfaces apart to reveal similar imprints on each but with unpredictable areas of paint adhesion. He rotates one of the canvases 180 degrees to create a diptych of two closely interrelated images, each of which is simultaneously an original and a reflection of the other.
Gross, who is interested in the Fluxus movement and its use of chance, embraces random occurrences in the creation of his Twins series. In addition to the intrinsically unknowable outcome of his contact painting technique, Gross assigns titles for his diptychs by arbitrarily selecting names from the phone book. The paired paintings become a conceptual endeavor as the artist relinquishes full control of his process. In an interview with James Kalm in The Brooklyn Rail, Gross states, “I don’t see them as abstract. They’re real to me. There’s some kind of birthing process that goes into them. I liked the distancing, the organic randomness of nature.”
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Programs of the East End Arts Gallery are made possible with public funding provided by New York State Council of the Arts, Suffolk County Legislator Al Crupski, Long Island Community Foundation, Suffolk County Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Town of Riverhead.