This Will Help Them

Roland Reiss has been a major presence in the Los Angeles art world both as an artist and teacher for several decades. During the 1970s and 1980s, the artist created miniature sculptures of scenes from everyday life, which are among his most famous and groundbreaking works, despite the fact that he works primarily as a painter. Organized by the PMCA and curated by Kate Johnson, the exhibition features close to thirty of these miniature scenes. Evoking stress, panic, ambition, fear, insecurity and delight through the narrative tableaux, Reiss examines our society’s semiotics, or codified signifiers of hidden meaning. In addition, the exhibition will also include one of the artist’s most monumental works: a rarely seen life-size representation of a living room entitled, The Castle of Perseverance. This exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue.

This exhibition is organized by the Pasadena Museum of California Art and curated by Kate Johnson.

This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Additional support for this exhibition has been provided by the Pasadena Art Alliance, Robert B. Egelston, Sarah S. Hurt, Cathie and David Partridge, Peggy Phelps, and Gretel and George Stephens.
In-kind support has been provided by King Equipment.

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Artist Talk with Roland Reiss
Sunday, December 4 | 3pm

Artist Roland Reiss discusses his groundbreaking tableau sculptures in the galleries.

Image Credits (left to right):
F/X: In Search of Truth, 1990. Mixed media, 14 x 24 x 24 inches. Collection of the artist.
The Dancing Lessons: Relative Scale and Relevant Motion, 1977. Mixed media, 14 x 14 x 24 inches. Collection of Bernice E. Levine.
The Gravity Observations: Victory Over Need, 1982. Mixed media, 14 x 24 x 24 inches. Collection of the artist.