Dramatic landscapes drawn from a musical environment

KIRSTEN REYNOLDS'Suspension of Disbelief I'unique pigmented inkjet'57 x 76cm
KIRSTEN REYNOLDS'Suspension of Disbelief I'unique pigmented inkjet'57 x 76cm

The blackShed gallery is proud to present new works by British artist Kirsten Reynolds. Working outdoors at night in carefully chosen, distinctive locations in the UK and Africa, Reynolds uses very physical means to create unusual and dramatic images that transform the way we see the natural world.

Reynolds employs a range of coloured light sources and drawing on many years of experience as a musician makes dynamic visual interventions within the nocturnal environment.

These are captured photo graphically in simple long exposures of between 20 seconds and 2 minutes. One single unique print is made from each image.

These photographic light drawings have an intuitively ritualistic element drawing on ancient notions of fire or light representing a version of truth alongside the concept of a cosmic order where this can be defined as components hitting harmoniously together. Any of these works are made in Zanzibar, East Africa and, in particular, in akunduchi: a small fishing village that is said to be one of the earliest Zoroastrian settlements.

Within this context, Reynolds uses the camera to capture images that reflect upon the idea of two types of existence: the first being invisible and conceptual, the second being visible and physical.

Reynolds’ artistic practice has many strands and she has been making performances, music and sound/light installations alongside visual art since 1990.

As co-founder of experimental art music group Project Dark, Reynolds made literally explosive performances using rocket-propelled records. Using sounds coerced from discs made from glass, circular saws and human hair on customized record players Reynolds and Project Dark pioneered techniques that are now termed turntablism.

Following numerous shows at underground venues in Berlin and New York, Project Dark were championed by legendary DJ John Peel and were included in his influential Meltdown ‘98 Festival at the Royal Festival Hall, London.

Project Dark contributed installations for David Toop’s Sonic Boom international sound art exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London. Reynolds’ most recent performance took place in August 2013 on the roof of the iconic De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill and incorporated the idiosyncratic sounds and captivating visual presence of massed seagulls in light – as well as a perfectly timed fly-past of the Red Arrows leaving Eastbourne Airshow.