Alex Reynolds

Artist selected by Moscoso, Manuela at 2010


Throughout the past years, Alex Reynolds has been creating a number of projects where film elements are inserted into everyday situations. Through works such as site-specific sound pieces (Clara; Jeanne), a performance intended for a single viewer in We Can Hear You Drink, or her take on mail art, But They Are Not You, Reynolds explores devices such as the gaze, empathy, and their manipulation.
After several years thinking about film whilst abstaining from actually generating any moving images, Reynolds continues to delve into these issues through her first fiction film, Spinario.
 

Questions

1. What made you choose art as a profession?
Because it allows me explore and bring together different fields; so I didn't have to close any doors.

2. How would you define your work? 
As an attempt to understand things. 

3. What subjects are you interested in? 
The inevitable distance between individuals, the desperate attempts and desires to overcome it. I’m also interested in families and closed clubs; the differences between one's thoughts and one's actions; the abstract moment of confusion that precedes the understanding and expression of an idea or belief. Things can be sensed but not seen. The face of someone listening intently.

4. What resources – formal or otherwise – do you use in your work? 
Each piece exists in a different form. I don’t believe there are ideas and then forms that contain them, the form has to be the work itself. 

5. What relationship does your work have with reality? What are your raw materials? 
I don't think anything exists outside reality. My raw materials are confusion, curiosity, and the will or desire to understand and get close to something that is distant and unknown to me. I can't do anything without this desire.

6. What, according to you, is the point of art?
Personally, I find it useful to understand things better, to feel certain intensities that I would otherwise not have access to, and sometimes, to communicate this process to others. I cannot speak for other people.

7. How do you hope the public will receive your work? What audience are you aiming at? 
I’m addressing a single person, and hope they’re amongst the audience.

8. What qualifications have you got? What do you value most from your time in education? 
Above all I valued the conversations and discussions I had with fellow students.

9. How would you define your current professional situation? And in the future? 
I feel lucky to be making a living out of my work. In the future, I would just like to carry on working and showing my work.

10. Many artists say it’s difficult to make a living from their work; how do economic considerations affect you when it comes to work? Do you think this has a bearing on your work? 
Yes, I find it difficult to make a living from my work. The problem is less a lack of money, but a lack of time.
I’d much rather grants were designed less as an aid for the production of specific projects and more as paying the rent for a few months, for example, to have time to carry out a series of works.  

11. What do you look for or expect from your relationship with promoters and curators? What advantages and difficulties have you found with these relationships? 
Dialogue, an interest in the work, mediation with institutions.

12. What do you think sets the arts scene in Madrid apart from elsewhere? What would you say are its pluses and minuses? 
I haven’t lived in Madrid for a while, so I can't say.

Curriculum vitae

Alex Reynolds
Bilbao, 1978.


Formación Académica/Education
2010-...
MA en Bellas Artes/MA in Fine Art, Goldsmiths, University of London.

2009
Taller/Workshop de técnica y lenguaje cinematográfico, ESCAC, Barcelona

 

1998-2001
Licenciatura en Bellas Artes/Bachelor of Fine Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London.

 

1997-1998
Foundation Studies, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London.
Literatura Inglesa y Arte Dramático, Manchester University, Manchester.

 


Exposiciones Individuales/Solo Exhibitions
2013
Elisabet, Lena, Tobias, Kerstin, Besa , Rikard, Anki, Musik och teaterbiblioteket, Statens musikverk, Estocolmo, Suecia.
Visiones contemporáneas, DA2 Domus Artium, Salamanca.


2012
Spinario, Espai13 Fundación Miró, Barcelona.
But They Are Not You, MobileArtProduction, Stockholm.

 

2011
Te oímos beber, Barcelona Producción, La Capella, Barcelona.
Alex Reynolds_Videografía, Demolden, Santander.

 

2010
Composición de lugar, Centro cultural Caja Madrid, Barcelona.

 

2008
Laia, Capella de Sant Roc, Espai Contemporani, Valls, Tarragona.

 

2003
Alex Reynolds, los29enchufes, Madrid.

 

Exposiciones Colectivas/Group Exhibitions
2013
El décimo tramo, La New Gallery, Madrid.
Incomparable Histories, Koldo Mitxelena, San Sebastián.

2012
A Trip to the Moon. Before and After Film. Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Suecia.
Texto de Sala, Galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris, Francia.
He she it/did said would, Tenderpixel gallery, Londres, Reino Unido.
Contarlo todo sin saber cómo, CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid.

2011
The Deceptive Eye, The Institute of Continuation, Stockholm.
La Cuestión del Paradigma. Genealogías de la emergencia en el arte contemporáneo en Cataluña, La Panera, Lleida.

 

2010
Antes que todo, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, CA2M, Móstoles, Madrid.
Ref. 08001, NoguerasBlanchard, Barcelona.

 

2009
La historia no es más que cosas pequeñas en cierto desorden, Instituto Cervantes, Stockholm; Espai Zero1, Olot, Girona.
143 delicias, Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, CA2M, Móstoles, Madrid.
Julio#2, on-line <www.thisisjulio.com>
Generación 2009, La Casa Encendida, Madrid.

 

2008
Generación 2008, La Casa Encendida, Madrid.

 

2007
Building Societies, Centre d’Art La Panera, Lleida.

 

2006
Mañana es demasiado tarde, los29enchufes, Madrid.

 

2005
En algún lugar alguien está viajando furiosamente hacia ti, La Casa Encendida, Madrid; Centro Cultural Caja Madrid, Barcelona.


Performances
2013
Sin título, en colaboración con Nilo Gallego y Campanilla, Picnic Sessions, CA2M.


2012
Boom, en "Going Public-Telling it as it is", Bilbao.


2011
Te oímos beber, Barcelona Producción, Barcelona.


2008
Three, Bacinol, Delft, Países Bajos.
Welcome, Sea Port Hostel, Barcelona.

 

Proyectos/Projects
Vena (por la). Colectivo junto a Marc Vives y Rubén Grilo. Organizamos charlas de artistas (entre ellos Dora García, Keren Cytter, David Shrigley, Lilli Hartmann y un largo etc.) en la librería de La Central del Raval una vez al mes. También nos encargamos de comisariar una serie de performances para el Macba, o una selección de vídeos en el cine Maldá.

 

Proyectos escénicos/Works for Theater
2010
Una chica, un coche, una pistola, L'Estruch, Sabadell.

 

Proyectos cinematográficos/ Film Projects
2012
Spinario, con Tuixén Benet y Tomás Aragay, distribución: Hamaca.

 


Programas de Vídeo/Film Festival and Screenings
2013
El cuervo le dice a la urraca “culo negro, ahora que ha vuelto la democracia todos han vuelto a trabajar en los telares…quédate un poco al borde del azul.”, comisariado de Anna Manubens, cines Maldá, Barcelona.


2012
¿Por qué son tan caros los libros en Kiev?, comisariado de David Armengol, cines Maldá, Barcelona.

2011
Region 0, festival de vídeo, NYU, New York, EEUU.
Caras B, Thai Short Film & Video Festival, Bangkok; ExiS Experimental Video Festival, Seoul, Corea del Dur.
El mundo que encontrarás, Off Limits, Madrid; Niu, Barcelona.

 

2010
Narraciones extraordinarias, Off Loop, Miscelanea, Barcelona.
2099 Pre-Historique, Les Rencontres Internationales, Jeu de Paume, Paris; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.
Mundo Aparte, Cervantes Institute, Brasilia/Madrid.

 

Proyectos Curatoriales/Curatorial Projects
2010
Shadow no recuerda quién es, sólo recuerda su nombre y unas imágenes de su presunto pasado en las que está corriendo con María, pase de vídeo comisariado por Vena (Por la), cines Maldá, Barcelona.

 

2009
Vena (Por la) dentro del marco El principio de incertidumbre, MACBA, Barcelona (ciclo de performances co-comisariado junto a Rubén Grilo y Marc Vives).

 

2006
Home Is Where The Heart Is, Calle Sant Luís 81 entresuelo - 1, Barcelona; Centre d’Art Santa Mònica (CASM), Barcelona; California College of the Arts (CCA), San Francisco.
Pixapins, PhotoEspaña, Madrid.
Oliver Michaels & Laure Prouvost, Excèntric – CCCB, Barcelona.

 

2005
Adding Up, Video Nuit - Sous Station Lebon, Nice.

 

2003
El gusto es mío, Doméstico 03, Madrid.

 

Becas y Premios/Awards and Grants
2014
Akademie Schloss Solitude (Beca de residencia/Residence Grant).


2011
Iaspis, Stockholm (Beca de residencia/Residence Grant).

 

2010
Hangar, Associació d’Artistes Visuals de Catalunya, Barcelona (Beca de residencia/Residence Grant).

 

2009
Generación 2009, Obra Social Caja Madrid, Madrid (Seleccionada/Selected)
Duende, Associació d’Artistes Visuals de Catalunya – Hangar, Rotterdam (Beca de residencia/Residence Grant)
Generación 2008, Obra Social Caja Madrid, Madrid (Mención de Honor/Honourable Mention).
Miquel Casablancas, Sant Andreu Contemporani, Barcelona (Finalista/Finalist)

 

Obra en Museos y Colecciones/ Work in Museums and Collections
Statens Musikverk, Estocolmo, Suecia
Museu de Valls, Valls, España

 

Publicaciones/Writings
A Trip to the Moon, Albert Bonniers Förlag, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, 2012.
Zeitgeist. Variations & Reptitions, Save As… Publications, Barcelona, 2010.
Ref. 08001, NoguerasBlanchard, Barcelona, 2010.
TEXTO, D. Jacoby, G. Pericás, D. Bestué, Barcelona, 2010.

 

Bibliografía/Bibliography
Grilo, Rubén, “I Want to Believe” en Laia, Museu de Valls, Tarragona, 2008. Cat. Exp.
Grilo, Rubén, “Amor, crítica dura” en Pretexto, on-line, <www.pretexto.org> [20/VII/2007]
Del Diego, Cèlia, “Cualquier cuerpo suspendido en el espacio permanecerá en él hasta que tome conciencia de su situación” en Laia, Museu de Valls, Tarragona, 2008. Cat. Exp.
Segade, Manuel, “Tecnologías del espectador”, in Clara, Obra Social Caja Madrid, Barcelona, 2010
Valdés, Andrea, “Alex Reynolds” en Antes que todo, CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid, 2010
Gante, "Time Space Poker Face", Merpaperkunsthalle, 2013.
Bonniers Förlag, Albert, "A Trip to the Moon", Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, 2012.
"Contarlo todo sin saber cómo", Comunidad de Madrid/CA2M, 2012.
"La Qüestió del Paradigma", Centre d'Art La Panera, Lleida, 2011.
Aimar Arriola & Manuela Moscoso, "Antes que todo". Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Móstoles, Ed. CA2M, 2011.
"Barcelona Producció 11", La Capella, Barcelona, 2011.
"Clara", Obra Social Caja Madrid, Barcelona, 2010.
"Laia", Museu de Valls, Tarragona, 2008.
Generación 2009, La Casa Encendida, Obra Social Caja Madrid, Madrid, 2009.
Generación 2008, La Casa Encendida, Obra Social Caja Madrid, Madrid, 2008.
Inéditos 2005. En algún lugar alguien está viajando furiosamente hacia ti, La Casa Encendida, Obra Social Caja Madrid, Madrid, 2005.
Pozuelo, Abel, "Laboratorio de nuevas narraciones", El Cultural. El Mundo, [14/VII/2012]
Cuenca, Jaime, "¿Es público el arte público? A propósito del simposio 'Going Public-Telling it as it is?", LatinArt, an online journal of art and culture, on-line, [XI/2012]
Colard, Jean-Max, "triple A", Les Inrockuptibles, París, [II/2012]
Aminthe, Julie, "Jorge Pedro Nuñez, Alex Reynolds. Texto de sala", en PARISart, on-line, [08/II/2012]
Jaua, María Virginia, "Derivas de la narratividad I/Contarlo todo sin saber cómo", en Salonkritik, on-line, [08/VII/2012]
Montornés, Frederic, "Una pieza de Alex Reynolds para un único espectador. A partir de 'Te oímos beber'.", en a*desk, [12/IX/2012]

 


Contacto/Contact
reynolalex@gmail.com
www.alexreynolds.net