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My Uncle Vinny
Solo Show featuring Justine Reyes



Run dates: September 8th-October 8th, 2005
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 8th, 7pm
Location: Invisible NYC
Directions: 148 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Invisible NYC is proud to host a solo-exhibit of photographs by Creative Thriftshop’s multi-media artist Justine Reyes.

For the past two years Ms. Reyes has been painstakingly photographing and documenting her immediate family and their belongings. For her exhibit at Invisible NYC she will present My Uncle Vinny, a series that juxtaposes large-scale color portraits of her uncle with smaller photographs of his personal objects. Each object is a unique treasure, an artifact deeply imbued with implied history and usage. Through the camera’s lens they are taken from the mundane plane of their everyday existence and transformed into monumental icons. Photographed in a stark white environment, they reflect on the sacred, retaining a mysterious quality of nostalgia and isolation – as each object had possessed a long life but has now been abandoned.

The portraits portray her uncle in a similar reverential context. The viewer is confronted head-on by his unwavering gaze. He is isolated from any external environment. His purpose is unknown, implying a saintly, otherworldly quality.

The photographs reflect on the accumulation of items throughout life and their relation to the sense of estrangement as one ages. Just as the personal items show dust, chips and other signs of wear, the portraits embrace the flaws and signs of aging.

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about the artist: Justine Reyes was born in California and now lives and works in New York. She received an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and has shown her photography and installation and video works in the United States and abroad. She is now an artist in residence at the College. Her “What Remains” photo series documents the work T-shirts of a beloved deceased uncle. Each bears a unique imprint of habit, time and wear with silent grace: his presence is felt through his absence.

about the gallery: Invisible NYC is an exclusive, appointment only tattoo studio and art gallery. Our tattooists are some of the most highly sought after, respected tattooers in the world, and our art exhibits boast top young, contemporary artists. INVISIBLE NYC is a fusion gallery and studio supporting the contemporary art and tattoo communities.

about the curator: Born and raised in New York, Lynn del Sol currently lives and works in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In late 2003 she left the commercial art world and set to create a vehicle for expletory artists to exhibit their works to the public by founding {CTS} creative thriftshop, a young art company that represents international emerging and under-represented artists.


art work on view:
Justine Reyes Untitled (Portraits) From the Series My Uncle Vinny 2005, C-print, edition of 5, 30x40in (75x100cm)

Justine Reyes, Untitled (Objects) From the Series My Uncle Vinny, 2005, C-print, edition of 5, 11x17in (27x42cm)
 
Installation View: My Uncle Vinny, Invisable NYC, New York. Image courtesy of {CTS} creativethriftshop
Installation View: My Uncle Vinny, Invisable NYC, New York. Image courtesy of {CTS} creativethriftshop Installation View: My Uncle Vinny, Invisable NYC, New York. Image courtesy of {CTS} creativethriftshop Installation View: My Uncle Vinny, Invisable NYC, New York. Image courtesy of {CTS} creativethriftshop