Writing about his work, the late Corbett Reynolds wrote, “What I enjoy most is being able to achieve a balance between what is commonly considered beautiful and objects not ordinarily thought of as beautiful, which are often perceived as threatening.” The wide scope of his work reflects this balance, mixing classical forms with found objects, religious iconography with neon lights, and utilizing a staggering array of media. Gallery owner Chas Ray Krider, Reynolds’ photographer and frequent collaborator, and Quorum’s own Tom Queen brought together pieces from throughout Corbett’s career for The Artistic Legacy of Corbett Reynolds at the Invisible Gallery.
Opening night, September 20, found the gallery full of Reynolds’ friends and admirers who were treated to treasures from the legendary Red Parties he threw at his club, Rudely Elegant, the Wizards photo series Reynolds created with Krider, his most well-known Apollo heads, “The Total Liberation of the Unconscious,” and the glass totems which were displayed in his “Glass Menagerie” exhibition in New York City near the end of his life. Attendees shared stories of Reynolds’ life and work and gave tribute to this visionary Columbus artist who gave
so much to our community.