Roland Reiss is a bad ass. Or, as Andi Campognone Projects calls him, “one of Southern California’s key living artists.” His hybridization of painting and sculpture made him a cause célèbre—and suddenly rather ordinary materials like polyurethane and Plexiglas looked interesting and were suddenly elevated to rarefied heights once Pomona native Reiss got his artistic hands on them. Pushing the envelope of art during the late 1950s and 1960s became an essential feature of the objects the artist was creating; objects in which surfaces and contours and shapes became paramount and prompted deeper investigation by viewers, critics and even casual observers. There’s a lot of Reiss shows and tributes going on around the area, but the “Selections” show at Campognone Projects is showcasing distinct works such as “New World” and “Red Shift,” smooth fiberglass and resin gel coat constructions. In the end, you’ll see how Reiss was indeed a paradigm-shifter through his contributions to conceptual art and a tremendous influence on sculpture and abstract painting.
“Roland Reiss: Selections From the 1960s” at Andi Campognone Projects, 300 W. Second St., Pomona, (909) 626-4500; www.andicampognone.com. Gallery hours Tues-Fri 11AM-4PM, Second and last Saturday of each month 6PM-9PM. Thru Oct. 30.