502 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy
Maryville, TN 37804
“My Life as a Blind Tiger”, drawings by Herb Rieth
Drawing is my default language. It is my go to for communicating the intangible innermost thoughts. It is the visual shorthand that I use as a conduit for the non-sequiturs and incongruencies that occur throughout the day.
The vocabulary I use to express this is based in the work of Robert Crumb, Raymond Pettibone and the myriad of punk, fantasy and dungeon and dragon illustrators from the late 70’s and early 80’s. This was composted with work by Aubrey Beardsley, Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Albrecht Durer, Arthur Rackham, Lucien Freud and Kathe Kollwitz. This mix was honed by years of visual journaling, making band flyers and ‘zines. It combines bits of song lyrics, poetry and sayings I picked up along the way. It is how stimulus looks inside my head: all covalent, equivocal and competing to come back out.
A reception will be held on Feb. 24 from 6-8 p.m. in the gallery.