The ancient and recent collide in new exhibition

How Soon Is Now? by Bruce Reynolds opens at Tweed Regional Gallery

Friday 4 September, 2020

Brisbane-based artist Bruce Reynolds will open his new solo exhibition How Soon Is Now? at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre on Friday 18 September.

Reynolds has a career spanning more than 30 years as an arts practitioner and educator. Although trained as a painter, he works across 2D and 3D media and integrates methods of photography, painting, sculpture and relief in his practice. 

How Soon Is Now? celebrates a physicality that is frequently bypassed in today's growing digital environment. It makes reference to how we arrived at this point - from the archaic into a refreshed space of representation. The materials and processes used by Reynolds bridge disciplinary categories and combine the physical with narrative, and image with object.

For this exhibition, Reynolds has carved and cast subdued or colourless reliefs, which counter the two-dimensional works that feature inlaid linoleum from recent urban contexts in a language of pattern, colour and outmoded styles. Together, these works invite a consideration of the ancient in relation to the recent. 

"Since how we see the past reflects how we see ourselves, the works are intended to question the tableau of history with consideration of the recent and ancient together," Reynolds said.

Australian artist Mikala Dwyer has said of Reynolds' cast works: "Bruce has invented new technical processes in pursuit of his many ideas. It's an exciting practice that plays close attention to the deep nature of material properties, its historical applications and then turns it upside down and inside out."

Reynolds has exhibited throughout Australia and his work is represented in the collections of the Queensland Art Gallery, National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Brisbane, Artbank, the High Court, Queensland and the Gold Coast City Art Gallery. He has recently completed a major commission for the new Brisbane Magistrates' Court.

As part of the continuing Gallery At Home digital program, the Gallery will be hosting a virtual Meet the Artist event. Bruce Reynolds will be in conversation with arts writer Louise Martin Chew and will provide insights into his practice and the exhibition. Keep an eye out for updates on the Gallery's website or follow the Gallery on social media.

With physical distancing measures in place, visitors can view the exhibition along with other works at the Gallery by booking a free timed ticket through the Gallery's website artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au