The chronicles of Reddick 

Pueblo artist digs deep for Art Mill show

Justin Reddick describes his art as a "visual diary," recording his thoughts in oil, pastel and acrylic. To complement and complete an optical purge, the painter writes spontaneous stream-of-consciousness poetry at a work's end and attaches it to the back of the canvas.

"[The poems] are kind of like hidden gems," says Reddick. "They're raw poetry that I don't edit. A lot of people don't know they're back there."

But secrets have a way of creating intrigue and curiosity. More than once, guests at a Reddick exhibit have committed the daring act of plucking the artwork from the wall to access the poems. Though he doesn't necessarily encourage such a faux pas, Reddick agrees it's a wonderful way to engage with his work.

Reddick also tends to incorporate words amid the images on a canvas' front.

"A lot of people disregard artists that use text, but it's important to my statement and it's a big staple in my work," he says. "The words help me get my message across."

Dig... Into the Past, currently on display at the Art Mill's OpticalReverb Gallery, refers to a period of Reddick's life and work that he feels has concluded. In one way, the exhibit serves as an internal retrospective, looking back over the past six years, during which time Reddick focused on self-discovery.

"I realized that this whole show is about letting go of the worries and hardships that hung over me," he confesses. "The original concept was "digging' free from my worries. I had to face my own ultimate tests as a person, and through the "dig' theme, I realized a new path for the future."


Dig ... Into the Past

The Art Mill, OpticalReverb Gallery,

218 W. Colorado Ave.

Through March 1

Free; call 210-9799 for more.


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