“COSMOS” Bunnie Reiss & Ricardo Jose Vicente Ruiz

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COSMOS / BUNNIE REISS + RICARDO VICENTE JOSE RUIZ

NOVEMBER 11 – DECEMBER 6, 2015

OPENING RECEPTION SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 7-10 PM

“He sat staring deep into the void, reminding himself of man’s place in the cosmos.”

Campfire Gallery is pleased to present COSMOS, an exhibition of new paintings and mixed media work by Bunnie Reiss and Ricardo Vicente Jose Ruiz. Art can be a powerful means to reflect upon our place in the world, connecting personal journeys within the vast and mysterious universe we share. The individual series of work in this exhibition explore ideas of belonging and community using a visual language of symbols and figures that become conduits to our own stories. The balance and harmony in the compositions suggests both the potential for order and disorder in the systems we are a part of, illustrating their inherent strengths and underlying fragility.


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BUNNIE REISS

Artist statement – “The Cosmic Child”

If stars are souls watching down upon the Earth, than we are never alone.

Through an understanding of Plato’s Cosmology, this body creates a new tale of the universe where characters become the stars (both metaphorically and literally) that build our world around us. With a combination of symmetry, disorder, nature, emotion, memory and movement, we can begin to develop our own stories, our own ideas and our own hopes on how we want our world to be created. We can look up at the sky, see our companion stars, and understand that there will always be another world waiting for us.

About the Artist

Bunnie ‘Bonnie’ Reiss creates to bring together. Materials, community, cultures, experiences, the past and the present, are all part of her visual catalog. She wishes to map out our strange lives, build our own kind of history, and weave us together as one. She is a natural storyteller, time-traveler and lover of all that is us, and she lives in a world filled with magic and imagination.

Considered an urban folk artist, Bunnie tells the stories of the things she sees, the things that seem important, and the things she finds in her travels and community. She is fearless in her making and wishes to create spaces where people feel safe and can imagine themselves into whoever they would like to be.

Often traveling several months out of the year, Bunnie’s brain is constantly filling with new ideas and skill sets. She works both solo and with other artists from around the world. When she returns home to Los Angeles, she spends her days unwinding what she has uncovered in both her art practice and the classes she teaches.


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RICARDO VICENTE JOSE RUIZ

Artist Statement

Autonomy is queried within the condition of mass intervention and exodus within the Americas. Identity and tradition are engaged through conglomeration and appropriation as reaction to dislocation. Contemporary manifestations and dissemination via folklore, oral traditions, and ritual extend collective cultural circumstance.

About the artist

Ricardo Vicente Jose Ruiz is a multidisciplinary artist whose work engages the development and recession of culture within the context of contemporary life through superstition, symbolism, and oral histories. Works have been exhibited nationally and internationally and published in numerous print matter. Ruiz received his BFA from Texas A&M, Corpus Christi in 2015 and is currently attending Virginia Commonwealth University to receive a Master of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in painting and printmaking.