Ray Kass at Reynolds Gallery 

Sea and Firmament

During the last 10 years Ray Kass has been assembling small abstract paintings from an interdependent series into large-scale works he has labeled "Polyptychs." The Polyptychs are essentially landscapes: scenes drawn from the contemplation of nature. In addition to describing vast views and distant horizons, they are often, in spite of their size, intimate composite reflections on the very nearby. Kass' new work, now on exhibit at Reynolds Gallery, observes a broader realm. They're still polyptychal in format; Kass is now employing a more complex joining of his panels and submitting his paintings to interesting chance results by smoking their surfaces. Through his titles he designates these watercolor paintings as a personal process of journeying and mapping, assigning several the name "Periplus," an archaic word meaning circumnavigation. Thus do the pure, infinite, alchemical manners of sea and firmament become apparent in Kass' landscape, and with them a truly revelatory view of surface. Kass chooses a faint ephemeral palette for these new polyptychs. It is unemotional, dispassionate and spiritual on one hand, but as a conveyed atmosphere, it has a midday quality, shadowless and vitally lit to a white temperature where it begins to issue its own haze. Kass has journeyed from his mountain home and is seaside for most of these recent works. It is a chaste, unapologetic place he charts, which makes quick work of the organic in exchange for its own restorative brand of meditation. Kass maps it acutely.

Latest in Miscellany


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Connect with Style Weekly

Most Popular Stories

  • Off the Beaten Path

    Off the Beaten Path

    A runner and lifelong lover of the James River captures evocative images of the park system in photo book.
    • Jul 27, 2021
  • Museum Makeovers

    Museum Makeovers

    How four Richmond museums are being transformed.
    • Jul 20, 2021
  • Deep Dive

    Deep Dive

    A writer attempts to find the best dive bars in town.
    • Jul 13, 2021
  • One Stop Shop

    One Stop Shop

    Jackson Ward’s beloved Stoplight Gelato set to reopen this fall with a new partner, Richmond Seltzer Co.
    • Jul 13, 2021
  • More »

Copyright © 2021 Style Weekly
Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture and opinion
All rights reserved
Powered by Foundation