Prepare yourself for a delightfully thought-provoking explosion of color and imagination this May 7th, as renowned international artist Klari Reis will unveil her new solo Life Forms exhibit at the Themes+Projects gallery.
Inspired by all things nature, this exquisite collection will be on prominent display at the famous Dogpatch landmark all summer until July 9th, showcasing an incredibly stunning array of botanical paintings utilizing various ingenious mediums.
Klari's wonderful piece titled "FLIRTING."
In partnership with San Francisco-based art consulting firm MDG Art Advisory, their Principal and Founder Maria DiGrande had nothing but praise for the accomplished artist's work, raving, "Klari’s new series of botanical paintings immediately grab your attention with exquisitely detailed explosions of color, playful shapes, and glossy textures that seem to bloom from the panel on which they were painted."
This piece is titled, "BIOME."
Life Forms was flourished out of the Covid quarantine when Klari became enthralled observing all the natural beauty of her surrounding flora during her regular walks with family. “The botanical works are the latest in my ever-changing artistic exploration of the systems of biology and of the beauty and design displayed in nature,” Klari explains.
Yet what prominently sets Reis's floral art far apart from others is her unique perspective utilizing unconventional materials. She elucidates, "I knew that if I was to make it as an artist, I was going to have to do something different," speaking on her inventive and skillful use of epoxy resis, pigments, and dyes.
"SNAP DRAGON" featured above.
“It’s been two decades since I first started painting with epoxy, and my experimentation with unique patterns, textures, and awe-inspiring colors continues with my latest series of botanical paintings, which I am excited to debut in the city I call home.”
In her bright SOMA studio is where all this magic experimenting happens, precisely testing how epoxy will react and transform with various powders, oils, and acrylics, as well as intricately balancing variable temperatures and drying times.
"TRANSPLANT" and "UPROOT," as seen from the rooftop.
Another significance to Reis's awe-inspiring masterpieces is her inclusion of scientific aspects. "My engagement with these systems has taken me from the microscopic workings of cells, as far afield as the uncanny re-envisioning of city maps as biological blueprints, to these newest, macro paintings of nature triumphant, imposing its own order on the world."
Klari’s work has also taken her to worldwide collections, ornately adorning the prestigious halls of Stanford University, Google, The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Merck Pharmaceuticals, The Gates Foundation, and many more.
Bryan Yedinak, the Gallery Director at Themes+Projects art gallery, also venerates Reis' talents, amplifying that her "inquisitive spirit is evident in her paintings, and she approaches the process behind each artwork with wonder, curiosity, and excitement.”
Her colorful work holds a symbolic importance to both the gallery's reopening, as well as the city's overall revitalization of its arts and culture scene since lockdown. “We are inspired by how incredibly prolific she has been in creating these paintings during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are pleased that her solo exhibition in San Francisco is timed perfectly with the reopening of the city and the sense of optimism and renewal that spring brings into our lives.”
Klari Reis – Life Forms opens on Saturday, May 7th at Themes+Projects within the Minnesota Street Project at 1275 Minnesota St. There will be an opening reception there from 5-7 pm, and the exhibition will continue until Saturday, July 9. More information can be found here.
Photography by: Shaun Roberts