The Way of the FleshCamarillo, Calif., Sept. 26, 2013 – The Art Program at CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to present Victoria Reynolds – The Way of the Flesh in the Art Gallery at Napa Hall. This exhibition of paintings by the prominent Los Angeles-based artist opens with a free public reception on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m., and runs through Friday, Nov. 1.

For over a decade, Reynolds has rendered sensual paintings of various meats, addressing "temptations of the flesh" and our suspicion of the beautiful images. Often set in ornate, rococo or baroque-style frames, her meat paintings allude to the Venetian art of painting flesh, Dutch vanitas, kitchen and butcher stall scenes, divine sacrifice, and humans' exploitation of fellow creatures. The fleshy textures, transparencies and shapes frequently resemble floral arrangements. Her fruit, vegetables and flowers, drenched in cream, visually recall her meat compositions. These ultra close-up views, which can become organic abstractions, present a compelling visual representation of excess, overabundance and fecundity.

Reynolds' work has been included in more than 100 exhibitions internationally and has been featured in such publications as Art in America, Frieze, Artforum, Harper's Magazine, Meatpaper, KryptonIt, Art Ltd., Vision, The New York Times Style Magazine, NRC Handelsblad, and Dagens Nyheter.

The Art Gallery at Napa Hall, the University's premier art exhibition venue, is located on Ventura Street on the CI campus. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, contact the CI Art Program at 805-437-2772, email, or visit

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