JAMES REEDER | BROOKLYN NY, USA
James Reeder lives and works in Brooklyn New York. He was born in Grand Ledge, Michigan USA, and graduated from Pacific Union College in California. He has been included in dozens of exhibitions in New York and internationally. Recent exhibition venues include Space 22 Gallery, Seoul; Gallery Kayafas, Boston; Storefront Ten Eyck, Brooklyn; 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo; Projective City, Paris; and Sous Les Étoiles Gallery and Mixed Greens in New York. Solo exhibition venues include Lesley Heller Workspace, New York; A.M. Richard Fine Art in Brooklyn; and ATA Window Gallery in San Francisco. Reeder has taught black and white photography at university, and was director and curator at Silver Projects, a DIY photography project space in Brooklyn.
What is your work about?
I begin by taking photographs from magazines and books. I reassemble and rephotograph these found images as objects in a studio. Source material includes images of hands in gestures of labor and images of artifacts from the do-it-yourself history of photography, science, and technology popular in printed media in the last century through today. These images reference a ritual of the analogue at the point when labor and leisure begin to merge. I locate analog source material using keyword searches within digital networks, the studio acting as mediator between analog and digital. The paradoxical relationship between substitute and original is also at play, reinforced by built stands and other methods of display. The images are decontextualized in this staged studio setting and become open-ended, intersecting and looping back into the constant rush of visual information. My photographs construct a disjointed and disorienting mashup based around the acts of seeing and doing, around gaze, gesture, and the photograph.
How does photographing on film (or using your material photographic process of predilection) inform your artistic practice?
Specific and precise gestures of the hands are used, timed, and repeated movements, while light causes a latent action on the silver for future conjuring in the dark. The ritual of the analog to bring forth this photographic object is a kind of alchemy.