STEVE REINMUTH

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STEVE  REINMUTH

About the Artists:

Steve Reinmuth's style has been compared with artists such as M.C. Escher, Henry Moore and architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Steve believes that every person has been given the gifts of beauty, skill, intellect, integrity, hard work and stimulating creativity. Steve and ZoAnn Reinmuth are excited to bring their uses of these gifts to you in the form of modern bronze sculptures. The hands of man bring forth the product of the heart.
 

‘In 1973, I found myself standing with my father on a busy street corner in downtown Los Angeles. Across from us was an object that, at the age of 8, was the most amazing thing that I had seen. It would mark a turning point in my life. It was a tower, made of concrete and colored glass that played music. On this particular night, it was lit like a Christmas tree. This was the first object that was able to draw my attention, as well as find it's special place in my memory. To this day, I often wonder, as I complete an art image of my own, if it might have such an impact on the mind and soul of another.
 

I feel that it is the content and impact value in an image that gives artist merit. Great art has impact and content. (Impact is that ability of an image to draw attention and content is the ability to hold attention as it teaches.) Simply stated, the ideal for which I strive is to create powerful experiential images that convey what words cannot while eliminating the distracting and nonessential elements.
 

Humanity, since the creation of the world, has had thoughts and feelings that they long to share but are inexpressible with words. Hence, the purpose of art and image.’
 

Antoni Gaudi said, "Above all the artist must be an explorer and to share that exploration with as many people as possible."

 

Biography:

Born in 1965, Steve Reinmuth’s passion for art stems from early childhood, however, the awards and recognition did not begin until high school. In 1981, he received first place honors in the national Accelerated Christian Education Awards art competition. Upon graduation from high school, Steve received an offer for a full scholarship and teaching equivalence training as an encouragement to enter the teaching and graphic arts fields. Finding this unappealing, he abandoned art for eight years to study the human figure and psyche as a triathlete. He competed in over 80 races, six of which were Ironman status.

His creative spirit prevailed, once again, in 1989, as a sculptor in resins and found objects. One of his first three-dimensional works, entitled Good Shepherd, received first place honors in the Lane County Fair Art Exposition. As a result, a ¾ life size bronze fountain was commissioned. This opened his eyes to the wonders of cast metal and for the next 5 years, he studied foundry technology from world-renowned bronze artist Welton Blix.

In 1992, one of Steve’s early bronze sculptures was awarded first place recognition in the League for Innovation National Student Art Competitions. A one-person show at the Alder Gallery in Eugene, Oregon soon followed with several sales abroad. Another show at the Coos Art Museum, shows in Portland and the construction of his foundry “in the woods” occupied 1993-1996. Steve was commissioned in 1996 by the Los Angeles International Airport to create a bronze globe landmark in the art deco style. Another commission that same year was for a bronze that was presented to an ambassador to Japan.

1997 brought about his marriage to ZoAnn who jumped in to help anywhere there was a need. In 2000, the City of Eugene commissioned him to create an 8 feet tall multi-bell fountain. In 2001, his business and family continued to grow with the birth of his son and the purchase of an old trucking garage in Eugene to house the foundry. That same year he was asked to show his sound sculptures at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, Missouri. The show opened June 18, 2004. Steve received rave reviews on the show, which ran until September 5, 2004. In 2006 he placed an outdoor piece entitled “Three Shades” in Lake Oswego, OR.

Reinmuth Bronze Studio, Inc.

Steve Reinmuth found that he could express his artistic ideas using bronze as his medium. He liked the smooth, flawless surfaces, with beautifully polished surfaces, with vivid patina colors; sculptured parts interlocking fitted together achieving his artistic vision. Steve wanted more than just transmitting his ideas on paper or having someone else finishing them. He has a natural curiosity on how the parts of an object can be put together to form a whole so he started looking for a way of reaching this goal. Taking his projects to others to cast did not leave him with the satisfaction that the work was totally his. He wanted to complete the project from the alpha to the omega.

Steve then tried his hand at doing his own castings. Doing this, along with his nature of perfection gave him the fulfillment he needed.

Over the last decade and a half, he developed his own modus operandi in casting the parts of his sculptures. Many times he ran into roadblocks; not being able to achieve the exact finishing or outcome he wanted along the way, Steve often designed, engineered, and fabricated his own tools and implements to do his work. His perfectionist nature and tenacity to reach his objective guided his path reaching his finished project.  In reaching his objective, he built his own foundry. Doing this made him an overnight success; of course this only took fifteen years to achieve, often working eighty to one hundred hours per week, every week.

Starting to work in his backyard, he redesigned his garage into a studio and refurbished a storage shed into a shop for working on his maquettes and molds. To have a place for casting his artwork, a friend who lives out of town encouragingly invited him to build a lean-to foundry on his property. Steve had to design and build his own wax-melting furnace. This in conjunction with a used bronze-melting furnace, allowed Steve to do his castings. He would then bring his castings back to his house for welding together, applying patina, and polishing to finishing his project.

Steve took some of his sculptures to the Loveland Sculpture Show. A number of artists from other parts of the country wanted to know where he had his foundry work done. They were impressed with the smooth, highly polished surfaces and patina hues. Finding that he did his own work, they wanted to know if he could do work for them. Thus, Reinmuth Bronze Studio was born.

Finding a building in the industrial section of Eugene, Steve and ZoAnn built a new ‘Reinmuth Bronze Studio’.  Again, not being able to locate some of the key elements needed for his production process, he again designed, engineered and fabricated what he needed.  Several highly qualified people came to Steve and were taken on as associates, many of whom are Master of Fine Arts graduates.  As the foundry grows, Steve stresses to all his co-workers that his goal is not only producing sculptures, but the finished product has to be completed with “uncompromising quality”.

The foundry, which provides all traditional foundry services including in-house base making in wood or stone, enlarging, installation, repair and refurbishing services, has expanded from just bronze to include aluminum.  Projects can also be fabricated in steel, stainless steel and aluminum.  Liking a challenge, Steve has created fountain sculptures with movable parts to kinetic and other types of functional art.  Often these projects require an innovative and unusual engineering problem to be solved.  Whether the artwork is a tiny figurine or monumental piece, a complex sculpture or a flat piece, such as a plaque, all projects are completed with ‘uncompromising quality’.

 

Résumé:

 

ONE-PERSON SHOWS

2006

Art on the Boulevard, Vancouver, WA

2005

Umpqua Bank, Portland, OR

2004

The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, MO

2003

Bronze Edition Gallery, Kirkland, WA

1998-2004

Alder Gallery, Eugene/Colberg, OR

1996

Freed Gallery, Lincoln City, OR

1996

Gango Gallery, Portland, OR

1996

Alder Gallery, Eugene, OR

1993

Mayfield Gallery, Portland, OR

1991

Alder Gallery, Eugene, OR

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2006-08

Arts Downtown (Gallery without Walls), Lake Oswego, OR

2005

15th Annual Invitational Miniature Show, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA

2004

The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, MO

2005

Arts & Antiques: Emerging Artist Show, Scottsdale, AZ

2004

Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, OR

2004

Venue, St. Helena, CA

2004

A. Nervo Gallery, Carmel, CA

2003

Malone Sweet International Airport, Eugene, OR

2003

HNTB Architects, Washington D.C

2003

The Rebecca Klemm Charitable Foundation, Washington D.C.

2003

The Downtown Athletic Club, Eugene, OR

2003

International Snow Sculpture Championships, Breckenridge, CO

2003

Grants Pass Museum of Art (Featured Artist), Grants Pass, OR

2002

La Petite Invitation, Alder Gallery, Eugene, OR

2001

The Downtown Athletic Club, Eugene, OR

2001

Malone Sweet International Airport, Eugene, OR

2000

Human Form Show, Newport Visual Arts Center, Newport, OR

2000

Sedona Sculpture Walk, Sedona, AZ

2000

Sculpture in the Park, Loveland, CO

2000

Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay

2000

Carefree Wine & Art Festival, Carefree, AZ

2000

La Quinta Arts Festival, La Quinta, CA

1999

Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, OR

1999

Sedona Sculpture Walk, Sedona, AZ

1999

Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, OR

1997

Sculpture in the Park, Loveland, CO

1997

Sculpture Invitational, Alder Gallery, Eugene, OR

1996

Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay OR

1996

Sculpture in the Park, Loveland, CO

 

PERMANENT PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

2005

Stainless Steel/Fused Glass Light Bollards – City of Eugene, OR-1% for Arts

2001

SoniQuarious- City of Eugene, OR -1% for Arts

1999

Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR

1994

Iron Butterfly-Lane Community College, Eugene, OR

 

PRIVATE COMMISSIONS

2007

SoniQuarious II, Washington, DC

2002

Door Handle, Alder Gallery, Eugene, OR

1999

Bronze Pot Bases, Indian Wells, CA

1996

Memorial Plaque, Salem, OR

1996

Memorial Plaque, Vancouver, WA

1996

Bronze Globe, Daily Grill Restaurant, L.A. International Airport

1990

Bathsheba Bronze Fountain, Mazzi’s Restaurant, Eugene, OR

 

PUBLICATIONS

2005

Jerry William’s quARTly, Cover story

2004

The Springfield News Weekend Edition “Reinmuth’s art invites touch. It’s bronze curves are smut, cool to the touch and acoustic when gently tapped.”

2003

Best of Oregon Art Beat, Oregon Public Broadcasting, TV

2003

“Art Bells-Update”: Oregon Art Beat. Oregon Public Broadcasting, TV

2001 

“Art Bells” Oregon Art Beat: Oregon Public Broadcasting, TV

2001

Bridges: Art and Science Convention, South Western University, Winfield, KS

2001

Microsoft Inc Seattle, WA

2002

MOSAIC: Art and Science Convention, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

1997

MOSIAC: Art and Science Convention, University of California, Berkley, CA

1996

Eugene Register Guard, “The bells … are Reinmuth’s best works.”

1996

Eugene Register Guard, Feature Article:  “Hot Art”,

1992

Mac News “… these beautiful phantasms…evoke both the glory and the madness of the symbiosis between the free…and the awesome…”

 

AWARDS

1992

League for Innovation Student Art Competition, First Place Award

1989

Lane County Fair Art Exposition, First Place Honors, Eugene, OR