In the Round • 2014
The Beacon Building • 427 Main Street
People are drawn to donuts: their colors, sweetness, shape, the way they evoke memories and expectations of happiness and pleasure. These often mix with feelings of uncertainty; we know they are unhealthy, yet their appeal persists. I see the donut as an accessible icon on which we can focus our deep-seated desire for something bright, bold, and potentially gratifying. Even knowing that the taste may not reflect the surface does not dim our pleasure in beholding the object; in fact, it can enhance its allure. As an art piece, it becomes attainable, frozen in its seeming perfection, without the disillusionment that consumption often brings.
Jon Reichert is an artist and cabinet maker. He studied at Louisiana State University where he earned his MFA in Fine Art in 2000. Jon currently lives in the Hudson Valley where he also co-owns Catalyst Gallery in Beacon.