Pure Punctum:
New Paintings from Bruce Riley

Exhibition on View at Miller Gallery
Opening reception: Wednesday May 25th, 2016 68pm
Cincinnati, OH 

Miller Gallery is excited to announce Pure Punctum, a solo show of
new work by Chicagobased
artist Bruce Riley. Riley is known for his remarkably detailed and virtually threedimensional
artwork with paint and resin on panel. Abstract in nature, the subjects of his paintings are never
calculated or derived from life, but a product of his intuition and passion to create.
The vivid colors
and compositions appear to mimic chemical reactions, as they are created in multiple
Often described as scientific and psychedelic, the biomorphic forms represent a glimpse of

cellular life. The exhibition will be composed of a variety of recent works, including an exclusive series
of small scale paintings. An opening reception will take place on May 25th from 6 - 8 pm.

Riley Explains:

“In Roland Barthe's book Camera Lucida he talks of two things going on: the studium and the punctum.
The studium is the commonality of our collective experience. It is what we recognize and know that the
photographer uses to illustrate her intentions. The punctum is the interaction of a personal history set in
motion by the elements in a picture. It is not always clear to the observer that the punctum is in play.
I usually have a lot of paintings in progress. A show helps tighten up the focus. The direction a painting
is going to take is never clear to me. Ideas I might have used to start a painting disappear pretty

The paint layers in my work are separated by clear layers of resin. It's in the paint layers that I
experiment and take chances, applying what I know to get things going, then looking for the
unintentional mutations. The layers become like memories that get pushed down by new experiences
that interact with what went before. I wanted the paintings in this show to maintain a sense of
translucency that would expose the architecture of the piece. One could say that each work is a
conscious act of aging.”

Amsterdam Affordable Art Fair    October 29 - November 1, 2015    Represented by Cruetzberg Van Dun Gallery

,  a show of mixed media paintings.

1/11/2013 - 2/16/2013
Packer Shopfs Gallery
942 W. Lake St.  Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 226-8984

"Bruce Riley is an alchemist.  It's an overused term in abstract painting but in this case it's true.  Using experimental techniques for creating the paintings for his current show, Riley plans his paintings, but along the way he wrangles the accidents and mistakes that are inevitable. In the studio he focuses on flow allowing immediate observation to guide a painting's progress. He keeps everything fresh within his daily routine by working on multiple works which inform and feed on each other. He cannot say what it is that tips a painting in one direction or the other. It's just apparent to him when something is done. The process is a living thing that's of the moment.  The recent paintings have a psychedelic, organic sculptural feel about them. They are process-driven, relying on chance as much as intent. And chemical interactions within the paint are always welcome. Riley paints for himself, but if the viewers were to forget themselves while looking at these pieces, they would be as close as one can get to an understandable meaning."

Aron Packer

Bruce Riley  2010
Miller Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

June 11th - 25th

" I'm absolutely blown away by your work!  I stood before a made thing that was not as if made but moved as if it organically grew from a small cluster (glob) of paint.  Growth, organic movement.  I got the same feeling as when , years ago, I came around a corner in Barcelona, and Gaudi's incredible Sagrada Famiglia was suddenly there growing out of the earth like a nucleus of mushrooms that outgrew their mushroomness to become, in Gaudi's making, a Cathedral.  This showing at the Miller Galery hit me like that, as if you've learned from every direction your art has taken you -- even the mistakes -- to now with sure hand let something emerge as seemingly spontaneously as it is carefully and meticulously executed.  Bravo
! "
Murray Bodo, Franciscan and author of  Mystics: Ten Who Show Us the Ways of God