I continue to come across altered subway posters as I travel from place to place in New York City. These posters are ripped, shredded and basically messed with which expose the previous pasted advertisements underneath. These panels then become abstract works of collage on subway platforms.
I just received the art book that I have two drawings in called Strokes of Genius 9, an annual survey of drawings. The two drawings are: The Lovely Jungian Analyst, an orange scribble portrait of my wife Laurel; and Mysterious Italian with Matches, a portrait of a young man drawn on black museum board.
I initially wanted to do a scribble portrait of David Byrne (Talking Heads). After seeing a documentary of the punk guitarist Johnny Thunders (New York Dolls, The Heartbreakers), I re-imagined the piece using portraits of these two important musician/songwriters of the late 70s early 80s New York music scene. Two distinct personalities. Two musical genres (American punk and new wave). I like the color combination as well.
I've just completed four new ink transfer portrait drawings for the series Junior High School. I continue to go through my old junior high school yearbook to find unusual or incomparable-looking classmates to base drawings on.
Go to: www.williamdeanreynolds.com/Series/Junior High
A few highlights of my collection of photobooth photos...
Ripped, marked, messed with--these posters have gone through transformations that create images that, although not necessarily pleasing to the eye, become attention-grabbing visual statements of altered public advertising posters.
Since I've always been fascinated by portraiture of all styles and mediums, I found myself collecting photobooth photographs from the 1940s through the 1960s. I discovered a guy in Berlin who sells interesting photobooth photos online. Below are a few of my favorite photobooth portraits from Germany.
Late last spring I was given an opportunity to do a large painting when a friend of mine in Ann Arbor commissioned me to do another painting in the Southbury Trees series of art works that depict trees along a horizontal expanse. As I planned the painting, I decided to take still photos of the painting as I worked to build up the composition using my iPhone and a time-lapse video app.
As I worked through the summer and into the fall, I continued to document the process of doing the painting. Hand-holding the camera created additional movement as did the repositioning of the equipment and supplies on and adjacent to the easel.
I completed the painting just prior to my deadline. I packed the piece and Laurel and I drove the painting to Michigan and hung the painting on Thanksgiving morning before heading to my sister's house for Thanksgiving dinner with family.