Richard T. Reep premieres a new body of work at Hollerbach’s Art Haus with a suite of sculptural studies expressing his views of the current state of architectural design.
What is Burglitecture?
It’s an architect, caught burglarizing architecture and stashing the loot in their art. It is a theft of textures, a kidnapping of cornices and canopies, an armed robbery of rooflines, an assault upon space, a smash-and-grab of windows and doors.
Burglitecture is non-architecture. It is unbuilding, it is thievery of architecture for a subversive purpose: art. It’s a larceny of the landscape, a heinous heist of high design. Burglitecture breaks and enters the sacred temple of Architecture and robs it of dignity and purpose.
As such, Burglitecture is an architectural crime, a felonious act ripping off architecture and calling it art! Richard T. Reep updates the spectacular career of George Leonidas Leslie–known to some as Western George–, a New York architect who used his intimate knowledge of building design to run a successful criminal gang in 19th century New York and Philadelphia, seizing millions from Gilded age robber barons of the northeast.
Critic Naomi Stead, known for her work on the intersections of gender, power, and the built environment, declared, “The opposite of an architect is a burglar.” Architecture is not safe around Reep. He has an intimate knowledge of buildings and the city gained from over thirty years of design practice, and uses this knowledge to nefarious ends, stealing from architecture and putting this creative misuse into art.
Hollerbach's Art Haus is transformed into an evidence room, displaying work seized from the studio.
Gallery open hours:
Sunday - Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Friday - Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Commission on sales from this exhibit will be donated via Hollerbach’s Has Heart 501(c)(3) to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.
Richard T. Reep is a contemporary American Artist born in 1960 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He practices architecture and has an art studio in Orlando, Florida. While designing spaces, Richard recycles curb alerts and construction waste into art, paints about Audubon Park, FL, and casts sculpture out of concrete.