We live in a world where what we know at a basic level has been processed, refined, and dictated to us. They are the creators of the sounds, images, and ideas that have been processed, refined and dictated to give us our being. They are sometimes corporations and sometimes individuals. They all use media to make their sounds, images, and ideas our sounds, images and ideas. They have their truth for us. They have their meaning for us –and because it is their meaning, it is our ‘emptiness’.
My work comes from the same impulse that gave rise to the 19th century Baudelairian notion of the “Flaneur.” I wander amongst the visual imaginary of their images. I take them as a starting point in my art, but I subvert the icons of their intentionality.
Subversion is recontextualization of hyper-designed and superficial icons into my world of meanings. This flaneur is absurd, beatific, self referential, corporatized but also with deeper meaning. His art explores aspirations and dreams, hopes and fears, realities and fantasies, truth and lies. Above all it is meant to stun, to stop you dead in your tracks. And then you see: beauty made out of emptiness.
Artist Bio / CV
Alexander Reyna was born in Africa, and came to the United States when he was Six. He received his BFA in Painting from the University of New Hampshire and his MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute. His earliest computer was the Commodore 64 and his digital skills are autodidactic. He lives and works in New York City.
Alexander Reyna has had solo exhibitions in New York and exhibitions throughout the United States and overseas. He has participated in group shows including Spaces/Cleveland, The DIVA Art Fair, The Scope Art Fair, Rocket Projects, and several prominent American universities.
Reyna has been featured and reviewed in interviews and publications including PS1, New York Arts Magazine, The Village Voice, NPR, and Animal Magazine. He has been an Assistant Professor at Mercy College and taught in the Master's program at New York University. He is currently on the teaching faculty at the School of Visual Arts.