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mark-reamey

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Slide film provides an amazing experience. Slides come to life in front of any kind of brightness, creating little lightboxes – readymade, modern stereographs. Their tiny size commands curiosity and an inherent intimacy. They can be handheld, and they glow with brilliance and sharpness. Slides convince you. It’s enough to make you believe they are miniature versions of what happened.

I believe every photograph is a memory, an exact moment of time and space. By combining photographs, I am conflating accounts, adding them together and forming new stories. Domestic interiors are overrun with something unexpected, something other. The incredibly banal shifts into the transcendent, and so on. I’m interested in how the present influences the past, and I’m investigating why we selectively remember or forget. I’m fascinated that our history is constantly changing, that something so seemingly concrete can slip away. I welcome the surreal, psychedelic and uncanny.

I investigate how to construct images and depict pictorial space. I engage the public through the use of multiple slide projectors, kinetic machines, double-sided projection screens, custom-made viewing boxes and lenses. I create a sense of depth that flutters like paintings, in and out, between conceivable and awfully flat. I’m interested in this kind of visual ambling and how it differs from the source material of photographs. Unlike paintings, photographs are captured at once, coming to be immediately – the relic of an instant.   — Mark Reamy

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Notes on images: Images 1.–14. Digital photographs of two 35mm slides on a light table, 20″ x 30″. Image 15. Digital photograph of six 35mm slides on light table, 20″ x 30″. Image 16. TOP: Wooden structure housing 3D-printed component, which holds a magnifying glass, two slides, light, diffusing screen and battery. Just hit the switch on the side, the light comes on, and you can see the image inside the cube box. BOTTOM: The view inside. 12″ x 12″ x 8″.

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mark-reamy-portfolio-page-001-croppedImage 1. Canada (2014)

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mark-reamy-portfolio-page-002-croppedImage 2. State Route (2014)

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mark-reamy-portfolio-page-003-croppedImage 3. Wave (2015)

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mark-reamy-portfolio-page-004-croppedImage 4. Michigan (2016)

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mark-reamy-portfolio-page-005-croppedImage 5. Neighbors (2016)

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mark-reamy-portfolio-page-006-croppedImage 6. Parking Lot (2016)

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mark-reamy-portfolio-page-007-croppedImage 7. Window (2015)

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mark-reamy-portfolio-page-008-croppedImage 8. Corner Lot (2016)

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mark-reamy-portfolio-page-009-croppedImage 9. Development (2015)
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mark-reamy-portfolio-page-010-croppedImage 10. Thoroughfare (2015)

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mark-reamy-portfolio-page-011-croppedImage 11. Canal (2016)

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mark-reamy-portfolio-page-012-croppedImage 12. Strip Mall (2014)

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mark-reamy-portfolio-page-013-croppedImage 13. Resort (2015)

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mark-reamy-portfolio-page-014-croppedImage 14. Mountainside (2015)

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mark-reamy-portfolio-page-015-croppedImage 15. Beach Day (2016)

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mark-reamy-portfolio-page-016Image 16. Light Cubes (2016)

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Hailing from the Midwest, Mark Reamy received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2010. Since graduating, he balances freelance commercial work with his studio practice. Whether it’s rebranding local companies, illustrating a children’s book for Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles, or exhibiting an eight-foot disco ball, Reamy engages his audience within a collaborative, curious, and contemplative spirit.

After an artist residency tour of the United States throughout 2015, Reamy received the Staff Artist Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center, where he will reside throughout 2016. He will also be an artist-in-residence at the Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art in South Korea in 2017.

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