Richard Rezac’s abstract sculptures quietly connote everyday sources, leaving the viewer with a sense of familiarity and closeness. Exceptionally precise in their execution, with each decision carefully considered by Rezac, the pieces are made to be looked at and thought of with absorption. Their human scale and careful placement (the height on the wall, the distance they hang from the ceiling, etc.) initiates a dialogue that demands time, the works revealing themselves slowly. This combination of exquisite craft and spatial intentionality imparts a knowing presence to the sculptures, lending an ostensible sense that they are full of concealed information. Taciturn, earnest, and magnetic, they toggle between congruence and dissonance, space and form, lightness and solidity.
Rezac (born 1952) lives and works in Chicago. In 2018, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, IL presented Address, an exhibition of Rezac’s work from three decades that garnered enormous critical attention; the exhibition traveled to the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, TX. Rezac’s work is currently featured in The Making of Husbands: Christina Ramberg in Dialogue at 49 Nord 6 Est, Lorraine, France; the show originated at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, and will travel to the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK. His work is in the permanent collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, IL; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Dallas Museum of Art, TX; Portland Art Museum, OR; Detroit Institute of Art, MI; and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; among several others. He has received the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the Rome Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, among others.