125 words for RAMBO (Lance De Los Reyes)
DIAGRAMS OF A THEORETICAL HIERARCHY
Lance’s paintings can seem like segments of a narrative from a lost
civilization, fragments of some obscure creation mythology, full of
sex and death and divine justice, your head served up on a platter,
swimming in a mist whose essence is a non-literal deployment of
vaguely remembered signs and symbols. Heads bouncing down the stairs
like a bowling ball, paying the price for your willingness to make
mistakes in public.
There is a proper order to things, a hierarchy of people and places,
motives and messages. Lance De Los Reyes has a finely tuned, always
evolving sense of what’s right and what’s wrong, pictorially speaking.
These paintings could be read as diagrams of a theoretical hierarchy,
lush and sexy and anything but predictable.
January 7, 2013