[events-nyc] The sick movies of Reynold Reynolds

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The sick movies of Reynold Reynolds
Curated by Christoph Draeger
Monday, October 18, 8 pm
White Slab Palace
Back Room
77 Delancey Street 
Southeast corner of Allen and Delancey

Reynold Reynolds was born in 1966 in Central Alaska. During his
undergraduate schooling at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Reynolds
initially studied physics receiving a bachelor's degree under the
professorship of Carl Wieman (Physics Nobel Laureate 2001). Changing his
focus to studio art he remained two more years in Boulder to study under
experimental film maker Stan Brakhage. Reynolds then finished an M.F.A.
in New York City at the School of Visual Arts. 

Influenced early on by philosophy and working primarily with 16mm and
Super 8mm film as an art medium he has developed a common film grammar
based on transformation, consumption and decay. Reynolds' depictions
frequent disturbed psychological and physical themes, increasingly
provoking the viewer's participation and dismay. 

In 2003 Reynold Reynolds was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial
Foundation Fellowship and in 2004 he was invited to The American Academy
in Berlin with a studio at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien for one year. In 2007
he received the German Kunstfonds support to develop two projects in
Berlin in 2008. In 2010 he will have a eight month residency at Akademie
Schloss Solitude (Germany). 


Burn (2003) Burn is a stunning evocation of those unspoken, unconfronted
somethings, those secrets, worries and lies, forming a force which is
always a part of the fabric of everyday interactions; at first niggling
at the edges, then - provoked by a word or a gesture - suddenly searing
through everything and everyone in its path (Belinda McKeon, The Irish

The Drowning Room  (2001, Reynold Reynolds and Patrick Jolley) "A
sequence of domestic vignettes from the sunken suburbs. In the house,
the stagnant atmosphere has slowly thickened to liquid. The inhabitants
try to carry on as normal but beyond the borders of asphyxiation,
communication is limited and expression difficult. Filmed entirely
underwater in a submerged house to create an atmosphere unlike any other
film.”   Six Apartments (2007) Six isolated people live in their
apartments, side by side, oblivious to each other and the violent
process of deterioration happening to the earth, to them, and their

Secret Life (2008) A woman is trapped in an apartment that becomes
alive. Her thoughts escape from her and come to life growing like plants
out into the space around her, living, searching, overtaking her
apartment, wild threatening her. 

Secret Machine (2009)  The same protagonist from Secret Life encounters
an antagonist that is studying her, measuring her body and comparing her
to units of space and time.  

Six Easy Pieces (2010) Six Easy Pieces is the last part of the Secrets
Trilogy, a three-part cycle exploring the imperceptible conditions that
frame life. 

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