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Posted on: August 29, 2022

The Gallery at Cherry Hill To Feature Exhibition of Works By Artist Eric Reou Through Oct. 2nd

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The Village Theater at Cherry Hill is pleased to present the featured works of artist Eric Reou in a new and unique exhibit, entitled “Natural Abstractions,” in The Gallery at Cherry Hill from August 31 through October 2, 2022. 

Reou’s exhibition includes pieces with abstract geometrical shapes that can be defined by a single edge and surface, much like plants and animals. Works presented in this exhibit are comprised of arrangements of shadows, highlights, mid-tones, and vivid colored paintings which fuse together to uniquely make up what our eye perceives. 

This Michigan native explores textures and highlights in his brightly colored, multi-media paintings. Playfulness and humor shine through his work, which blends an open flow of color with strong components. With experience as an artist for over a decade, Reou is presenting his work at his very first solo show in this exhibition at The Gallery at Cherry Hill. 

Artist Eric Reou believes, “By breaking both the background and the foreground into 3 distinct levels: shadows, highlights, and mid-tones - and treating the shapes created in the foreground, as well as the background, with the same texture, the edges become obscured by abstracting where one object’s surface stops and another starts. With the addition of tiny details for a focal point, we easily recognize and recreate the original subject of the painting based solely on shadows. But as your eyes drift around the paintings, take note of the implied lines and shapes created to fill in the rest of the information. Where does the subject of the painting really end and where does the background really start? Is that something the paint shows you or is it something the mind filled in to create the image?”

Two additional series by Eric Reou are featured in this exhibition: Bizarro Pop Series and Translucent In The City that the artist describes “…started as a word game I play with myself, in which I found pairs of historical figures where the last name of one person is the first name of another,” stated Artist Eric Reou.  “I focused on figures from two different walks of life but both were cemented in popular culture. What would these new individuals look like if represented as one being? What would their story be?” says Artist Eric Reou about his Bizarro Pop Series. 

Continuing with his Translucent in the City series, Reou shares a statement on the origins of the series, “I began this series during the very beginning of the 2020 pandemic and I feel it is partially a response to being separated from friends, family, and my community. The represented public spaces in the background, where so much of our time was previously spent, are transformed into flat geometric fields as the details fade. The subject also begins to become ethereal and disappear, much like the in-person interactions with friends and family that previously defined our days.” 

This art exhibit at The Gallery at Cherry Hill is free and open to the public during gallery hours: Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursday and Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.; during all public performances; or by special appointment arranged via email to elli.fassois@cantonmi.gov.

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, located at 50400 Cherry Hill Road in Canton, MI, 48187, is a regional center for the arts that offers the magic of live theatre, soul-stirring music, the thrill of dance, and the enjoyment of fine art exhibitions and events, in addition to providing a home for several cultural organizations and community groups. For more information about this latest exhibition, please call 734/394-5300 or visit www.cantonvillagetheater.org