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Gary Rieveschl

Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati

The mounds, mazes, flowers, trees, and hedges that Gary Rieveschl places in the landscape seem to be earthworks about the life cycle. Rieveschl calls them “landscape sculptures.” Through his drawings and photographs and his own explanatory texts, this retrospective exhibition of Rieveschl's projects and proposals (organized by curator Sarah Rogers-Lafferty) documented the development of his work from his earliest bulb planting in 1973 to his most recent environmental sculpture. Although his early works emphasize the cyclical processes of nature and the idea of growth, the drawings, photographs, and descriptions of the works suggest that, over the years, this “sculpture” has become increasingly figurative, referential, architectural, site-historical, and even political. His primary subject is no more the life cycle than most paintings are primarily about paint.

Rieveschl's early work was

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