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Six Not-So-Easy Pieces
Reynold Reynolds
20.03.2009 to 06.05.2009


Thursday, 19.03.2009 - 7:00 pm

opening hours

tuesday- friday
11:00 - 19:00

saturday, sunday
12:00 - 18:00


basis e.V. Gutleutstraße 8-12 60329 Frankfurt am Main

It is our pleasure to present from March 20 - May 6, 2009, a first comprehensive solo exhibition of films by Reynold Reynolds. Six works dating from 2000–2008 will be on show. Together they illustrate in particular the psychologizing aspects of Reynolds’s works.

Common to all the films is a suspenseful web of interrelations between, on the one hand, the aesthetic, pictorial world of objects and, on the other, the pervasive and psychologizing inter-pretative possibilities evoked. Superficially, the technical and dramaturgical professionalism of the atmospherically charged pictures calls to mind the format of classical movies, while the visual vocabulary they develop exhibits an irritating degree of complexity. The films unfold according to a visual narrative that dispenses with dialogue and structures of literary narration in favor of a metaphorical iconography. Phantasmagorical time-shifts, irrational occurrences, elements from dreams and the subconscious are alienated in grotesque, ex-pressive images and point toward existential fractures in personal and collective life. The benchmark common to all the films is the perennial question as to man’s position in the world in respect of such parameters as space and time, rationality and emotionality, control and compulsion. This exploration of unexpressed and repressed problems of subject formation is constructed upon a particular dramaturgical concept: To bring out the constant mutability of life and the imminence of social decay, Reynolds presents people as isolated beings shut off from the outside world in their own living spaces. The deconstruction of these living spaces and the alienation of everyday situations provide the viewer with subtle potential for identifi-cation, albeit not without a prior effort of abstraction. The staging of the films comes across as a reflected backdrop against which the protagonists’ inner acts occur and the viewer is addressed by the psychologizing visuality of events.

Reynold Reynolds lives and works in Berlin. His films have been shown 2008 in 3rd Guangzhou Triennale; 2007 in ‚Destroy she said’, Julia Stoschek Col-lection, Düsseldorf; 2007/2006 in Into Me/Out Me, P.S.1 Contempory Art Center, New York, Kunst-Werke Berlin Institute for Contempory Art and MACRO, Rom; 2006 in 4th Berlin Biennale; 2005 in Urbane Realitäten: Fokus Istanbul, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin.
In 2009 Reynold Reynolds was awarded for Six Apartments at Transmediale 2009 and Secret Machine received the 1st Prize at the 2009 Black Maria Film + Video Festival, New Jersey. In 2008 Reynolds received the EMAF Festival Award 2008, European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück for Secret Life.
In 2008 Reynolds received the German Kunstfonds support. In 2004 he was invited to The American Academy in Berlin and in 2003 he was awarded the John Simone Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.
Exhibitions in 2009 include the Bienal del Fin del Mundo, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Ushuaia, Argentina, Videonale 12, Bonn, Videoformes, Clermont-Ferrand, NCCA, Moscow.