Reynold Reynolds

Reynold Reynolds Influenced early on by philosophy and science, and working primarily with 16mm as an art medium, Reynold Reynolds has developed a film grammar based on transformation, consumption and decay. Detailed evolving symbols and allusive references create a powerful pictorial language based on Reynolds’ analytical point of view. His depiction of people often makes us aware of the small frames we use to understand reality. By subtly altering the regular conditions of life and watching their effects, he transfers the experimental methods of science to filmmaking, where he frames reality in his laboratory and changes one variable at a time to reveal an underlying causality.


Reynold Reynolds was born in 1966 in Central Alaska. During his undergraduate schooling at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Reynolds 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 filmmaker Stan Brakhage. After moving to New York City Reynolds completed an M.F.A. at the School of Visual Arts. In 2003 Reynold Reynolds was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and in 2004 invited to The American Academy in Berlin with a studio at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien for one year. In 2008 he received support from the German Kunstfonds to develop two projects in Berlin. Reynolds has received numerous awards for his film work, including the Festival Award for “Secret Life” at the European Media Art Festival Osnabrueck, 2008, the ‘09 Distinction Award for “Six Apartments” at Transmediale Berlin and Honorable Mention “Secret Life”, at Chicago Underground Film Festival, 2012. Early 2013 he was awarded the Rome Prize, an 11-month stay at the American Academy in Rome 2013/2014.


- Homepage of Reynold Reynolds - Reynold Reynolds on Facebook - Los Angeles Times: Reynold Reynolds at Christopher Grimes Gallery - Berlin Art Link: Studio Visit Image above: Reynold Reynolds, "Six Easy Pieces," HD video transferred from 16-millimeter and photo stills, 2010 (Reynold Reynolds / Christopher Grimes Gallery © 2010 Reynold Reynolds)

On Air: Reynold Reynolds

The ikono On Air Festival will be showing the following films by Reynold Reynolds: Secret Life (2009) HD video transferred from 16mm and photo-stills Secret Life, the first part of the Secrets Trilogy, portrays a woman trapped in an apartment with a life of its own. She moves at a mechanical speed and her mind is like a clock whose hands pin the events of her life to the tapestry of time; reflected in the mechanical eye of the camera. Her thoughts escape her and come to life, growing like the plants that inhabit the space around her: living, searching, feeling, breathing and dying. Six Easy Pieces (2010) HD video transferred from 16mm and photo-stills, 1o min Six Easy Pieces is the last part of the Secrets Trilogy; a three-part cycle exploring the imperceptible conditions that frame life and is preceded by Secret Life, 2008 and Secret Machine, 2009.
The work is based on the book “Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of physics explained by its most brilliant teacher”
by Richard P. Feynman
"Film is the Seventh Art, a superb conciliation of the Rhythms of Space (the Plastic Arts) and the Rhythms of Time (music, poetry and dance), a synthesis of the ancient arts: architecture, sculpture, painting, music, poetry and dance." Burn (2002 with Patrick Jolley) HD video transferred from 16mm, 10:00min. "Burn is a stunning evocation of those unspoken, 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 Times Excerpts of Secret Life, Burn and Six Easy Pieces Six Apartments (2007) HD video transferred from 16mm and Super8, 12:30min Six Apartments is a poetic document of decline and deterioration -both physical and conceptual. Six isolated residents of six different apartments live their lives unaware of each other. They eat their food, wander between rooms, bathe, watch television, and sleep. For them, this is life. Yet while it may appear that nothing is happening here, the apartment building and its inhabitants’ bodies are aging, giving way to bacteria, larva, and finally transformation. Reynold Reynolds on 'Six Apartments' at Transmediale 2009 - Interview: Peter Schlager The Drowning Room (2000 with Patrick Jolley) video transferred from Super8, 10:00min "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.” Last Day of the Republic (2010) HD projection transferred from 16mm, 10:00min The Palast der Republik (Palace of the Republic) opened in 1976 as a meeting place for the East German people and an emblem of the future. The unique modern building made of distinctive golden-mirrored windows was home to not just the East German Parliament but also auditoriums, art galleries, five restaurants, concert halls, and even a bowling alley. The building's dazzling public lobby, surrounded by several tiers, was once the center of social life in East Berlin with thousands of sparkling lamps filling the open space of the lobby's grand staircase.
Many Berliners recall attending a play in one of the theaters or dancing the night away in the underground disco, others seeing their first rock concert, or being married. Later, thousands of citizens demonstrated against the planned demolition and hoped the building would be protected against historical censorship, but alas, one day, twenty years after the fall of the Berlin wall, the Palace completely disappeared. Istanbul (2005) Video transferred from Super8, 6:00min. Installation with two screens about Istanbul. Stadtplan (2004) HD video transferred from Super8, 10:00min. A personal and hypnotic, split-screen and time-lapsed trip through Berlin, where the divide running down the images stands instead for the long-separated country. Seven Days ‘Til Sunday (1998) - Reynold Reynolds with Patrick Jolley HD transferred from Super8, 7:45min An autonomous symphony of falling bodies. A succession of image sequences shows the human figure falling through the cityscape to- wards violent annihilation by the natural forces of fire and water.

More videos by Reynold Reynolds

ON VIEW in Den Haag: 'The Lost'- A Moment in Time Reynold Reynolds The Lost is a restoration and film performance project about a lost black and white feature length 16mm movie from the 1930s. Reynold Reynolds has been working on this for a long time and in September The Hague will host the 7-channel installation of 'The Lost' (07.09.2013 — 06.10.2013 at Turbinehal, Den Haag). There are pictures from the set on Facebook over here and they are looking for volunteers for the big show in september. Watch the short documentary below! Documentation from 2011 on the filming of The Lost The Lost Film Performance (time-lapse, silent, 12:00 Min Shot at Galerie Zink, Berlin 12.01.2012 Documentation by Maud Chalard - 3 month internship (2012) A compilation by Maud Chalard of her internship with Artstudio Reynold during the preparation of the studio film performance for 'The Lost' The History of the Future (USA 1996, 16 minutes) A Review of our changing visions of the Future as shown in over 50 Films. Reynold Reynolds create works that directly reference and use source material from the Media in order to describe how the Media creates a kind of 'shared consciousness' of how we come to understand our own culture as well as anothers. Screenings: Central Florida Film Fest 97 Award: Third Place, Experimental Chicago Underground Film Festival. Aug. 97 Ocularis Video Room Fest. Brooklyn May 21-23, 98 South Bronx Film & Video Fest, NYC 97 Sella Adler Theater: MoonWork: Best of New York Show May 25, 97 Knitting Factory Video Lounge NYC, Science Fiction night. July 25, 96 Reynold Reynolds on the 'Secrets Trilogy' at Transmediale 2011 and Labor Berlin #4 Interview: Andreas muk Haider Camera: Emanuel Andel Edit: Andreas muk Haider Secret Machine (Germany 2009, 7min) HD video transferred from 16mm and photo-stills, single-channel 14min or 2-channel installation Secret Machine is the second of the Secrets Trilogy; a cycle exploring the imperceptible conditions that frame life and is preceded by Secret Life (2008) and followed by Six Easy Pieces (2010) In Secret Machine a woman is subjected to Muybridge’s motion studies. She is treated in the same fashion as in the original Muybridge photography: with Greek aesthetic in a Cartesian grid. A short time after Mybridge’s studies, Duchamp painted Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 (1912) attempting to show time on a flat surface. He is expanding cubism and painting into another dimension: time. Time is about movement and change, like our experience of reality. Without change life does not exist. Photography does not capture this experience. In Secret Machine different filming techniques are compared to the motion of the body. The film camera becomes another measurement tool in a way a video camera cannot. The intention was to make an art piece from the point of view of a machine, specifically a camera. Based on an Actual Event (USA 2003, 16 min, found footage) “It is not only daily life which has become cinematographic and televisual, but war as well. It has been said that war is the continuation of politics by other means; we can also say that images, media images, are the continuation of war by other means. Take Apocalypse Now.” -Jean Baudrillard, The Evil Demon of Images A three-channel video installation about the fictional portrayal of American military forces in 20th century war. While each film simulates an actual event, each new war simulates previous wars as shown in popular films. Conceptions of war become reality through the depiction of war as entertainment. Sugar (USA 2005, 33min video transferred from 16mm) By Reynold Reynolds, Patrick Jolley, Samara Golden A young woman descends into madness in a gripping one-hour looped film by Reynold Reynolds and Patrick Jolley. That's what seems to happen, anyway, as the film's nonlinear narrative and mix of grainy black-and-white and lucid color tend to confuse what is real and what is hallucinated or dreamed. By turns funny, sad, mysterious and scary, the film's events take place in a squalid studio apartment. A young woman played by Samara Golden arrives carrying a suitcase and begins cleaning up. At one point, she extracts a corpse resembling her from behind a radiator screen and tends to it as though preparing it for a funeral. In other scenes the room violently shakes and water starts to flood it. Light bulbs pop and overloaded electrical connections crackle and buzz. A man appears out of nowhere and tries to rape the woman, but he quickly disappears. At another point she mixes up a batter including roach powder that she had put into a sugar container -- hence, presumably, the film's title ''Sugar'' -- and eats it. Finally, she transfers her doppelganger's body from the refrigerator to the suitcase she came in with and departs. Film students will detect references to famous movies -- Roman Polanski's ''Repulsion'' most conspicuously. But because Ms. Golden plays her role with such understated earnestness, the film isn't just an arch exercise in appropriation. It immerses you in a harrowing dark night of the soul. -KEN JOHNSON (New York Times- December 23, 2005) Music, J.G. Thirlwell; Sound designers, Bruce Odland, Sam Auinger. Actress: Samara Golden NYC Symphony (USA 1995, 10 min.) Video transferred from Super8 Personal Documentary in the style of the city films from the 1920's. US S-8mm Film Fest 96 Award: First Place, Audience New York Underground Film Fest. March 97 New York University Cable Dec. 96 The Independents Vol. 1 No. 11. Ohio Television 97 Volcano Film Festival London, Special invitation. Nov. 97