Gumbo Shoes

Leif Ritchey

Jan 13 — Mar 1 2015



The Journal Gallery is pleased to announce “Gumbo Shoes,” Leif Ritchey’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.

In "Gumbo Shoes," Ritchey presents a new series of paintings derived from the idea of change, and how one adapts to it. Utilizing the artist's self-taught process of applying paint onto wet, unstretched canvas, the works in "Gumbo Shoes" follow the trajectory of Ritchey's previous works in their reference to contemporary fresco painting and the sometimes unexpected results of this process.

You can't step into the same river twice.
Nature keeps moving,
Take a walk on the wild side into the dark musk of the unknown.
Let's go down to electric avenue,
Infrared to ultraviolet, holographic, metallic, fluorescent and flower essences.
Moon kissed city. Architecture as frozen music, eye dance, eye tunes, with every song air
waves fade and echoes bending corners out of cars, and bars float on by between silence
and light reflecting, bouncing off steel and glass, mud and plants—the river of darkness.
In the treasury of the shadows patterns emerge—form to formlessness follow the flow of the times.


Leif Ritchey was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1975 where he currently lives and works. His solo exhibitions include “Sun Tea” at ltd Los Angeles, CA (2014), “Poster Paintings” at Shoot the Lobster, New York, NY (2012), “Chameleon Jeans” at Martos Gallery, New York, NY (2011), and “Spots” at The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2010). Leif Ritchey’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including “To The Happy Few” at Jeanroch Dard, Paris, France (2014), “LIFE” The Journal Gallery at Venus over Manhattan in New York, NY (2014), “Dirt Don’t Hurt” at Jolie Laide Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (2011), and “Material Matters and other Issues” at CANADA, New York, NY (2010), among others.