Christopher Grimes Gallery opened a new exhibition
Saturday featuring the work of Reynold Reynolds, who is exhibiting at the
gallery for the first time.
An opening reception and live film performance was
held opening day from 6-8 pm at the gallery. The exhibition runs through May 4.
Working primarily with 16mm film and often employing
stop motion or time-lapse photography, Reynolds has developed a distinct filmic
language, creating contrived worlds full of powerful pictorial symbols.
In order to better understand the nature of time and
one’s relationship to it, he investigates the transience of life not only
through his technique, but with images that range from compulsive behavior or
the inability to act, to the limits and possibilities of the human condition.
For this exhibition, Reynolds will move components of
his studio into the gallery where he will film parts of his current enterprise,
This multifaceted project is built around the artifacts
– found film footage, storyboards, script elements – of a two-hour fictional
black and white film from 1933, “Die Verlorenen,” shot in Berlin but never
completed due to the rise of the Nazi government.
Reynolds and his team are faced with the sensitive and
complex task of editing the footage – a task of material and technical
complexity as well as of social and historical sensitivity.
Throughout the course of the exhibition, Reynolds will
film segments of The Lost in front of a live audience as a series of film
performances to take place at the gallery.
Film performances will occur
on the following dates, and audience participation is encouraged (exact hours
and content of the performances will be available on the gallery’s website):
March 16, exhibition opening and live film performance
March 23, second live film performance
March 30, third live film performance
April 27, screening of the first version of the feature film.
Reynolds was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1966. He now
lives and works in Los Angeles and Berlin.
He received a BA in Physics from the University of
Colorado at Boulder (1991), and remained in Boulder, studying under
experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage.
He completed his MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New
In 2003 Reynolds was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim
Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and in 2004 was invited to The American Academy
in Berlin with a studio at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien. Reynolds has received
numerous awards for his films and his work has been included in solo and group
exhibitions at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany; Kunstmuseum Bonn,
Germany; and Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. His work is in the collections
of such institutions as Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Lyon Museum of
Contemporary Art, Lyon, France; and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin,
The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturdays from 10 am
to 5:30 pm at 916 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica.
For more information, call 310.587.3373 or www.cgrimes.com.
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