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Hi everyone,

For the past two months I’ve been giving myself a crash course in painting and sculpture. At first I was interested in mimicking the form and texture of cooked food as a way to trick the viewer into being hungry, but now I also see this as a reflection of my childhood. The materials used in the series are styrofoam, paper, modeling paste, cardboard, cork, acrylic paint, and conte crayon. 

Food:

When I was a child, I enjoyed watching my mom prepare and cook meals in the kitchen. My interest deepened when I realized the meals took actual hard work to create and didn’t just fall onto my plate. I liked to help my mom with whatever she would let me do. The simple act of peeling carrots or shredding cheese was the most phenomenal thing- especially when using the grinder for making hash. I liked the feeling of combining seemingly ordinary things together to make a single complete form. Eventually, I worked in a professional kitchen and learned many techniques that I later discussed with my mom. I would learn one cooking method from my bosses, but was always more interested in how she did it differently. We trade recipes back and forth all the time, giving inspiration for last minute meals.

My dad is a modest man with a good sense of humor. He has worked as a small engine aircraft mechanic for thirty years, and before that as a carpenter. He has always been a hands-on type of person, constantly fixing things around the house that seem to wait until his day off to break down. Some days, starting when I was fourteen, I would tag along with him to work at the hanger. I wouldn’t get tasked with any jobs that were that dangerous; cleaning the belly of a plane with gasoline or Varsol, using a wheel grinder to clean the burrs off spark plugs, or changing the oil (and hopefully remembering the drip pan this time). Watching my dad work was inspiring. He never appeared to feel stressed while doing any of it, rather totally focused. Once I watched him test the fuel/air mixture on a plane while it was running- his hand inches away from the spinning propeller. Afterwards, he didn’t speak a word about it, and shifted his concentration to the next job.

This photographic series is made up of visual representations of meals that I associate with happiness and fulfillment. While I have learned a variety of international and complicated dishes over the years, I thought these best reflected where I come from and what I can truly identify with. The imitation of form comes from both of my parents’ attention to detail, but also as a comment on to the food simulacra we see in advertisements.

            Each day, millions of new images appear on the Internet, often from questionable or unknown sources. Some of these images spread like viruses, regardless of proof of legitimacy. If one sees a picture that has all the elements and textures of a grilled steak, but is really just shaped and painted Styrofoam, how does this change one’s interpretation? And how will it change their future interpretations of food advertisements? Most of us are familiar with the disappointing, “That’s not what it looked like on the box” feeling. Advertisements often mimic art in a way to sell a product; I thought it would be fun for art to mimic advertisements as a way to sell my own product. 

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Here’s a couple of night shots I experimented with last week. I started using this expired box of Kodak Tri-X Pan that has given me some great results. My exposure and processing times shifted a bit in the switch from Ilford HP5+. These were shot on a Toyo field camera at f/16 @ 3-4 minutes and developed in xtol (1:1) for 8:30- in case other photographers were interested. 

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Made this paper cutout to print some cyanotype photograms today. It’s a still from the original opening to Batman: The Animated Series- which is perhaps the coolest intro to anything ever. Oh and I finally got 100% in Arkham City! Those last few Riddler campaign challenges were super tough and took me forever. Woot woot!

Made this paper cutout to print some cyanotype photograms today. It’s a still from the original opening to Batman: The Animated Series- which is perhaps the coolest intro to anything ever. Oh and I finally got 100% in Arkham City! Those last few Riddler campaign challenges were super tough and took me forever. Woot woot!

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Pinholing! I made a two pinhole cameras over the weekend. The first three images are with an 8x10 and the other two are from a… 3x5? I had my grandfather’s old land camera sitting on my shelf for years so I thought it would be nice to finally use it for something constructive.

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Hubert! Hey everyone, here is some new work that my brother and I worked on over the past few weeks. It’s a narrative piece that’s also the introduction to a story I’m writing about a little guy named Hubert who goes on a search for why he grew up without a father. It’s still a long ways away from finished but I wanted to share what I’ve been so busy on recently. Also a big thank you to Nathan Perry for painting/designing the faux-princess in the third frame! To talk a little bit about the process- I came up with some thumbnails of compositions which I sent to Mike, and he painted the figures and/or backdrops then sent them back to me which I printed and cut out or turned into silhouettes then built and photographed the scenes. For the most part, they aren’t manipulated with the exception of some color correction for continuity. 

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Halifax. Someone sells bikes near my place by strapping them to a phone pole with a wet piece of paper for their contact information. I guess if i want it I’ll just yell in the streets until they come a runnin. Anyways, I have a lot of new paper cut out work to show everyone next week! Follow me on twitter @DavidReevesArt for more frequent updates and some random/on purpose photos. Cheers.

Halifax. Someone sells bikes near my place by strapping them to a phone pole with a wet piece of paper for their contact information. I guess if i want it I’ll just yell in the streets until they come a runnin. Anyways, I have a lot of new paper cut out work to show everyone next week! Follow me on twitter @DavidReevesArt for more frequent updates and some random/on purpose photos. Cheers.

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Here’s the work I did for the December 3, 2012 issue of The New Yorker Magazine involving paper cutouts. These are a little different from my usual geek-culture material, as they coincided with short stories throughout the issue. I did a bit of post-production on these as well, which most of my other cutout work is essentially absent of. I originally created 5 pieces total, though I’m guessing the one story was cut from the issue. 

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"Moths"- This is a little series I did for a class. The nature of project dealt with the relationship between what is private and public. While walking the streets of Halifax I had noticed myself looking into windows as I passed them, getting these small glimpses of people’s private life. The thought occurred during the moment and not before- there was no premeditation that I wanted to be a weirdo looking into someone’s private residence. But I think it’s interesting that we are unable to help it, like moths to flame. The “flame” is being caught, I suppose. As for the shots being premeditated, I simply walked with my camera/tripod until I saw something that clicked in my brain- then photographed it and moved on. I only took 2-3 of one frame then kept walking… mostly because it was like 0 degrees (F) outside and windy as a mauf. I think my fingers almost fell off. Your rights as a photographer vary depending on your location. In Nova Scotia, I learned, one is allowed to photograph whatever they wish, so long as they (the photographer) are on a public space. These photos were all taken from the sidewalk.

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thief! again! I took the paper figure out on my patio today and tried incorporating a real background. halifax being one of the windiest places I’ve ever been in didn’t make it very easy. i had to tape the whole length of a metal ruler against the back of piece and reinforce it to the wall to get it to stay still enough for the shot. 

thief! again! I took the paper figure out on my patio today and tried incorporating a real background. halifax being one of the windiest places I’ve ever been in didn’t make it very easy. i had to tape the whole length of a metal ruler against the back of piece and reinforce it to the wall to get it to stay still enough for the shot. 

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