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Tuscumbia — When Herb Rieth explains his work to people who’ve never seen it before, he says that it’s like quilting, but not quite. No, Rieth’s work is more experimental, more conceptual and sometimes abstract.
Rieth combines materials from safety pins and spikes to camouflage and paint. His work has been shown at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Art Center’s UnMuseum, the Mississippi Museum of Art and solo and group shows in 23 states.
“The mixed media materials that I work with have a strong significance for me and enter at various times into my history,” he said. “… Though the signifiers are drawn from my past, there are aspects that are available to everyone, including humor. Laughter is a very good response to parts of many of the works.”
The public is invited to a free meet and greet with Rieth at the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art from 1-3 p.m., January 22 to open a solo exhibition of his work, Whole Cloth: A Mid-Career Retrospective of Contemporary Fabric Artist Herb Rieth.
The exhibit will be open through March 10. Reith said his mixed-media fabric work comes out of the painting tradition. Most of his pieces have smaller paintings embedded within them.
“With quilts you have different patterns and you plan it out, whereas with my stuff, I build them and they kind of happen as I go along,” he said. “They’re very much like paintings in that way.”
Reith earned his B.A. degree from Indiana University and M.F.A. from the University of Cincinnati. He taught painting, drawing and design at the University of Alabama, Mississippi State University and Ohio Northern University and is currently Assistant Professor of Art at Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville.
The Tennessee Valley Museum of Art is located at 511 N. Water St., Tuscumbia, Ala, and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 1-3 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and free on Sundays.