Kyle Rehm – Rochester, MN
Kyle Rehm has been painting for over 35 years. He won a 4 year scholarship to MCAD (Minneapolis College of Art & Design) in 1985, but was unable to use it. This didn’t stop him from pursuing what he’d already committed to. At 17 he had the idea to create work that would be a one on one collaboration with the viewer. To create a more personal and intimate experience. He wanted the work to reflect differently with each member of the audience, like music. Music isn’t easily described or interpreted, yet everyone has a deeply intimate attraction to it, because of the imagination. Kyle wanted to create this experience in his work. To do this it had to incorporate all the ideas of art into one form. His idea was Imaginism, and the simple definition was this; Imagination delineates art through interpretation. This gave the viewer complete control of interpretation. In order to do this he had to create works that were enigmatically ambiguous, and yet welcomed the imagination in an intriguing way. He achieved this by his use of the line. This allowed the imagination an overwhelming number of possibilities. By doing so it also gave each viewer room to find a uniquely authentic interpretation that would evolve and change, and become more and more personal with time.
His work has been published by Oxford University Press in 2013, on the cover of “How to Build a Brain”. A textbook detailing how to build an Artificial Intelligence. Written by Dr. Christopher Eliasmith.
Currently, he’s working on a new experiment with his paintings. He’s creating new work from his original oil paintings by using digital tools. To be clear, the original works are only altered with these tools. Nothing is added, no colors or no images. These are not new paintings, but are completely reimagined original works. He first thought of this in 1989, but the tools back then were very primitive and very unintuitive. So he waited until the technology caught up to the idea. He considers the works as mixed media. A physical oil painting that’s been digitally altered. Each work is a progression toward something new.