Invisible Forces
Lust, Drink, y Violencia
Ries Niemi

February 5 - 28, 2009

Opening Reception: 5-8pm
First Thursday, February 5, 2009

Artist will be in attendance the first and final Saturdays of the month.

Saving his empties, embroidering on the hankies from a 100 year-old man's garage sale, and chewing his bread into the shape of guns, Ries Niemi is at the mercy of Invisible Forces.

He builds a gateway between the sacred and the profane from giant beer bottles.

He proudly proclaims his membership in the Blue Tarp Clan by making underwear from the ubiquitous building material.

And, like all true Americans, he is obsessed with guns.

This month at PUNCH, he is showing one man's ambivalent reaction to the modern world. Embroidery, fabric sculptures, forged ironwork, and painted liquor bottles together tell a story about middle age.

Niemi has been alternately in love with and tormented by pop Culture since his first solo show in 1978 at Rosco Louie Gallery. He works with hard and soft, mixing blacksmithing and textiles into a curious mˇlange. Soft and Hard, Male and Female, Funky and Slick.

He just can't decide.

Too Much is Never Enough.

February Hours: Noon-5pm Thurs-Sat,
or by appointment.

Next Exhibition:

Sol Hashemi and Jason Hirata
(more info)

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Something’s Going On, 2009

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