Reece Metzger has always had an interest in photography and its role in fine art.
A visit to Western Australia in 2016 was particularly inspirational allowing him to produce a collection of photographs of man-made and natural geography. These landscapes are reflected in Australian aboriginal art: themes, designs, colors, and patterns. By manipulating selected images, Reece’s photos become abstract elements he inkjet transfers to fabric. He stitches collages adding a three-dimensional aspect. The result is the joining of landscapes influenced by aboriginal art expressed with Western perspectives.
The current series titled 16 Hours Ahead - Images of Western Australia is a collection of photo constructions reflecting his impressions of this land. Reece’s desire is to share this captured atmosphere of the other side of the world.
Reece attempts to present a mystery as to how the pieces were achieved. The viewer asks ‘How was this manufactured and with what materials?’ Each individual construction emerges slowly with the paring of desired colors and textures into an expressive and relaxing composition.
A continuation of the collection was an evolution involving the combining of images with bamboo. This union produces unique photographic sculptures which extend the meditative and abstract nature of his series.
In November, 2018 Reece visited Western Australia again and is currently working on a sequel to the collection. In the future, he will continue with a series concentrating on the Sacramento area.
Reece Metzger was born in St. Louis, Missouri. A “Most Artistic” Senior honor in high school began his pursuit of a career in commercial art. A Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Kansas followed. Exposure to desktop publishing through employment in art and printing departments found him establishing and operating graphic-arts darkrooms for 20+ years in Los Angeles and Sacramento. Since his retirement, Reece has concentrated on demonstrating his creativity through fine art. His studio has allowed him to work with painting, photography, printing, constructions, and fabric dyeing. A show of his series A Twist of Faith in Sacramento in 2015 has led to several group shows in the area.
Reece’s most recent expression involves his joining of photographs, inkjet printing, fabric and bamboo. Traveling to Western Australia and recording man-made and natural geographies, he conveys his impressions of the other side of the world through his current series titled 16 Hours Ahead - Images of Australia. These unique photo constructions are the result of a number of separate processes.