on view January 9 - February 28, 2010
Taking inspiration from Dutch Vanitas paintings, these photographs incorporate personal artifacts within the traditional construct of still life. Pairing objects that belonged to my grandmother with my own possessions combines present and past and speaks to memory and personal legacy. Both the decomposition of the natural (such as rotting fruit and wilting flowers) and the breakdown of the man-made objects reference the physical body and mortality. These objects bear witness to a spiritual trace or imprint that is left behind or residual. The insertion of subtle contemporary details (like the saran wrap, the family portrait, etc.) locates the work in a specific time and place. It also lightens the weight of both the art historical references and the family history.
work explores the power of objects to bear
witness to intangible ideas and emotional truths. Moreover, my work often explores how identity is shaped by our
relationship to and our personal idea of home. This
body of work employs the iconography and symbols of common everyday objects
as a means of communicating memory and the passing of time.
lives and works in New York. In 2000
she received BFA from Syracuse University and in 2004 she received her MFA
from the San Francisco Art Institute. Reyes' work revolves around issues of
identity, history, and time; and examines our relationship to these themes
within the context of a post 9/11 world. Using photography and installation,
she examines family, the idea of leaving and returning
home, and the
longing to hold on to things that are ephemeral and transitory in nature.
Reyes has shown her work both nationally and internationally.
She participated in
Reyes has shown her work both nationally and internationally. She participated inProyecto Circo at the 8th Havana Biennial in Havana, Cuba and took part in Contemporary Istanbul in Istanbul, Turkey. In 2008 Reyes was an artist in residence at both St. Mary’s College of Maryland and at the Center for Photography at Woodstock where her series Vanitas began. In 2009 Reyes’s Guayabera series was included in Queens International 4 at The Queens Museum of Art. Reyes was recently awarded the Individual Artist Initiative (IAI) from the Queens Council on the Arts and a workspace residency from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) for 2009-2010.
For more information please visit www.justinereyes.com.
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