The Illusion of Democracy

Kirsten Reynolds








(c) Kirsten Reynolds - Beyond Belief V
(c) Kirsten Reynolds - Precarious Threshold III
(c) Kirsten Reynolds - Darkened by Degrees
(c) Kirsten Reynolds - Black Time I
(c) Kirsten Reynolds Prieure de Carluc V
(c) Kirsten Reynolds - On The Rocks IX

Kirsten Reynolds - The Illusion of Democracy

Lucy Bell Fine Art presents an exhibition of recent works by Kirsten Reynolds that includes photographic light drawings made in New Zealand, Greece and Norway as well as paintings from the on-going series.

Reynolds’ practice includes drawing, sculpture, painting, photography and the creation of sound and light installations. The exhibition includes many of her new light drawings. The series  was made in and around the decaying structures of an abandoned
1970s holiday camp in Galatas, Greece.

On a recent residency in Norway, Reynolds embraced the visual and historical resonances of the area working in and around disused defence bunkers. Another series was made during a night spent alone on the island of Hjertøya, also in Norway, where the artist Kurt Schwitters was exiled for a large part of the 1930s.

Preferring to work off the beaten track, Reynolds uses locally significant locations to make her light drawings. This technique
uses moving light sources during a long exposure and was developed in the late nineteenth century for both scientific and artistic purposes Man Ray was one of the first artists to explore this practice in his 1935 series .
Whilst this technique has been much used by artists over the years, Reynolds has developed a unique approach and her background in music and sound art makes her physical response to the chosen location both compelling and powerful.

Reynolds has exhibited worldwide from the Hayward Gallery in London for the first international exhibition of Sound Art, to the
Sydney Festival with in which five artists present over thirty site-specific sound and light installations in
a Botanic Garden. has won critical acclaim at major arts festivals around the world. Reynolds is
currently working on a new large-scale Power Plant event for the Auckland Arts Festival 2017.

Artist Richard Wilson says of Reynolds’ work ‘This is not ephemeral art, this is light, action and location all suspended in time as a gestural moment of magic.'

Selected exhibitions:

Power Plant, Auckland Arts Festival, New Zealand, 2017

The Spirit of Time: In the Footsteps of Schwitters, Molde Contemporary, Norway, 2016

On the Rocks, Photospace Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand, 2014

Multiplied,Christies, London, 2013

Power Plant, Hong Kong Arts Festival, China, 2011

Power Plant, Darling Harbour, Sydney Festival, Sydney, Australia, 2011

Power Plant, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart, Tasmania,2011

Mya Lurgo, (Rankle & Reynolds), Lugano, Switzerland, 2011

On the Edge of Wrong (Rankle& Reynolds), Fondazione Stelline, Milan, Italy, 2010

Power Plant, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh International Festival, 2009

Sonic Boom: The Art Of Sound, Hayward Gallery, London, England, 2000

Print prices start at £300 For editions 1/1

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