BORN AGAIN (AGAIN)

ROB REGER | solo exhibition | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | VIEW THE ART

Born Again (Again) is a transformative and figurative mixed and multi-media art exhibit featuring the collage work of Rob Reger.

Rob Reger – creator of Emily the Strange

The 3 STATES of BORN AGAIN (AGAIN)

  1. Original collage state: (mortal, shortest life span, the child)
  2. 2D prints on wood and panel with original paint: (mortal, long life, sometimes larger than life, the adult)
  3. Collage animation: (new spiritual life, digital, freedom, the spirit)

“Select areas of imagery are first dissected, then carefully brought back to life one connection at a time through the surgical practice known as collage. This life, as these frankensteined “originals,” is similar to childhood- finite in time that it exists, given the nature of the materials used. That childlike existence is then captured and brought into adulthood when I create a second life as these “characters” are re-imagined and printed and painted on wood.  Finally, if their Creator is inspired enough by their previous existences, they make it into the spirit-world through film and animation. It is here they are finally allowed to move and have everlasting life. I am interested in taking these collages to a “larger than life” place by physically reproducing them on a large scale, and animating and projecting them. In the past, similar collage works have only been shown in small frames with a magnifying glass. Now the work will be accessible from anywhere in the room.”
-Rob Reger, artist

*SPECIAL GUEST: Winston Smith collaboration (1-3 pieces)

“I invited Winston Smith to collaborate on a few collages with me. [The] collages he created for the Dead Kennedys shaped how I created collages from an early age. Over the years, Winston has become a good friend, and continues to inspire me through his own work. I invited him to join with me to “play” God, and give new life to imagery we find worthy of the cause.”

Punk Surrealist Collage Artist Winston Smith first became famous for the logo and artwork he created for punk legends Dead Kennedys, and is more widely known for his Green Day album cover and his published work for magazines such as The New Yorker,  Playboy, and Spin. Winston has designed over 60 album covers and most recently collaborated with recording artist Ben Harper for Harper’s Relentless 7 album “White Lies for Dark Times” (Virgin). Winston works on custom commissions and special projects from his North Beach Studio.  To view more of his artwork please visit: WinstonSmith.com.

James Dirschberger is an independent animation and filmmaker who runs Eighty Four Films, a Los Angeles based production company. His goal is to create original films and animations through collaborative efforts with other emerging artists and filmmakers. To date James has produced over 75 films including the animated web series The Forest City Rockers, The Seafarers and Hot Garbage. His first feature film “Honest Man: The Life of R.Budd Dwyer” was release 2010. For more information, please visit EightyFourFilms.com

Biography

Born: Anaheim, CA, 1969
BFA, Printmaking, University of California Santa Cruz 1993
MFA, Printmaking, San Francisco Art Institute 1995
President of Cosmic Debris Etc., Inc.
Creator/Creative Director of Emily the Strange
Lives and works in Berkeley, CA

Solo Exhibitions

2011
111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Born Again (Again)
La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Hollywood, CA, Encyclopedia of Hallucinations

2010
Switcheroo Gallery, Pasadena, CA, Facing Strange
Ooma, San Francisco, CA, Recent Paintings

2009
Varnish Fine Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Change of Strange

2008
Accident Gallery, Eureka, CA, Live? Strange!

2007
111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Strange Beasts
Sistyr Moon, Hong Kong, 13th Anniversary Emily Art Show
Jackal HQ, London, England, 13th Anniversary Emily Art Show
Sydney, Australia, 13th Anniversary Emily Art Show
Melbourne, Australia, 13th Anniversary Emily Art Show
Brisbane, Australia, 13th Anniversary Emily Art Show

2006
Colette, Paris, France, 13th Anniversary Emily Art Show
WWA Gallery, Culver City, CA, 13th Anniversary Emily Art Show
Comic Con, San Diego, CA, 13th Anniversary Emily Art Show
111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 13th Anniversary Emily Art Show
Neurotitan Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 13th Anniversary Emily Art Show
Galleria The Arts New Italica, Milano, Italy, 13th Anniversary Emily Art Show
OSLO, Mekaniske Verksted, Oslo, Norway, 13th Anniversary Emily Art Show
Shock, Gothenburg, Sweden, 13th Anniversary Emily Art Show

2003
Emily/Tygun Store, Tokyo, Japan, Emily vs. Tygun
Matt Gonzalez Office, San Francisco City Hall, Recent Paintings

2002
The Hideout, Tokyo, Japan, Strange Art For Strange People

2000
Rite Spot, San Francisco, CA, World Premiere

1999
Rite Spot, San Francisco, CA, Short Stories
Rite Spot, San Francisco, CA, Recent Paintings

1998
Carmichael Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Humes

1997
Gallery Alafi, Albany, CA, Walls with Art

1996
Diego Rivera Gallery (SFAI), San Francisco, CA, Metamorphosis
- Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA, MFA Show

1995
Vesuvios, San Francisco, CA, City Scapes

1994
Center for Psychological Studies, Albany, CA, Worlds Apart

1993
Porter College, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA, BFA Show

1992
Café Stevenson, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA, Things I’ve Seen, Places I’ve Been

Group Exhibitions

2011
Gallery 27 (Brooks Institute affiliate), Santa Barbara, CA, One Night Stand

2010
Creative Growth, Oakland, CA, Strangerous
Gallery Extraña, Berkeley, CA, Art of Emily the Strange
111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Excellent Condition
Gallery Extraña, Berkeley, CA, Show & Tell – My Summer Fantasy

2009
Varnish Fine Art Gallery, San Francisco , CA, Project Wrecking Ball
Smokey’s Tangle Gallery, Oakland, CA, Beatlenuts

2008
Harold Golen Gallery, Miami, FL, Subjective Reality
Fabric 8, SF, CA, Landmark Show
ArtHouse, McCallen, Texas, Before My Rushing Heart
Gallery Extraña, Berkeley, CA, Defiant Optimism
WWA Gallery, Culver City, CA, Where the Wild Art Is
Harold Golen Gallery, Miami, FL, Kaiju Monster Invasion: Miami

2007
111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 20×20
Artistic License Benefit Show, Pasadena, CA

2006
111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 20×20
Gallery LeLe, Toys Save Children Benefit Show

2005
Rite Spot, San Francisco, CA, Strange Art for Strange People

1999
Mission Badlands/Balazo Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Balazo Group Show

1998
Mission Badlands/Balazo Gallery, San Francisco, CA, American Pie
Tomo Gallery, Arcata, CA, Land’s End
Artists Television Access (ATA), San Francisco, CA, Highwired

1997
Six Rivers Brewing Co., McKinleyville, CA, Figure 4

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