Intimate Apparel

Lowe Gallery
March 2002

“Intimate Apparel” is an exploration of texture, materials and
surface –– integrated with what Reingold terms “the biography beneath the surface.” The result is work that at first view is complete and defined. But, this look should not be so hasty. A second glance produces a rebound not so definitive. And in ensuing views, the work’s appeal becomes more ambiguous and mysterious.

The large canvases evoke what may be called an “exquisite” feeling, a first assessing so to speak. Further discovery awaits in the stained silk organza, embodying the sensual and formal contradictions of the East. Further examination brings forth Ms. Reingold’s apt underworld depicted in marred and pocked marks and punctured here and there with thread and stitching. Her “biography” now encroaches upon our consciousness, or perhaps lurks just beneath a reality, as she may well intend it to do.
The painstakingly-executed stained paper pieces, on heavy French rag weave, are another facet of the same ambitious quest. Their execution is surprisingly dimensional throughout the thick masses intertwined with subtle twisting skeins and cosmic splatters. “Layers, and the illusion of layers, are integral to surface, for illusion is always the life beneath the surface,” Ms. Reingold explains. The stain paintings truly clarify a mystical experience, and expertly capture it in a formal hardwood boundary.

Finally, a group of small stained paintings and assemblages are framed in what one critic called “strange and haunting little boxes” that “shrink the sacred down to human scale.” Either presented on black steel stands, or fastened at right angle to the wall, the boxes are miniatures, either reliefs or stained paper, each its own complete chapter in the work of the whole.

The work is, indeed, intimate as the title indicates, sometimes so much so that its underlying aesthetic takes its time in coming. It’s well worth the wait.