Hunter Reynolds

Hunter Reynolds

Fellow: Awarded 2017
Field of Study: Fine Arts

Competition: US & Canada

Hunter Reynolds is a visual artist and AIDS activist. He received his BFA in 1984 from Otis College of Art in Los Angeles where he was a part of the downtown art scene and formed his first performance collective called UNARM. He was an early member of ACT-UP and in 1989 co-founded Art Positive to fight homophobia and censorship in the arts. For over thirty years, Reynolds has been using photography, performance and installation to express his experience as an HIV-positive gay man. Reynolds’ work addresses issues of gender, identity, socio-politics, sexual histories, mourning and loss, survival, hope and healing.

Structuring, reordering, finding and building ways to arrange chaos in a compelling human context has been the central focus in Reynolds’ art. Through distinct series of performance projects and installations Hunter Reynolds has expressed his commitment to body politics including his drag alter ego Patina du Prey’s Memorial Dress, collaborations like the Banquet and I-Dea The Goddess Within, his activist Dialogue Tables, photo-weavings, Blood Spot and more recent mummification performances.

Hunter Reynolds has been the recipient of many grants and residencies, including several Pollock Krasner awards. He has had numerous solo exhibitions including: PPOW Gallery, Participant Inc., Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY; White Columns, New York, NY; Artist Space, New York, NY; Simon Watson Gallery, New York, NY; Creative Time, New York, NY; New York, NY; Momenta, Brooklyn, NY; Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA; ICA Boston, Boston, MA; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; NGBK Berlin, Germany; and DOCUMENTA, Kassel, Germany. His work is numerous public and private collections including The Chicago Art Institute, Yale, and the Addison Andover. The Fales Library and Special Collections/New York University acquired the archives of Hunter Reynolds for its Downtown Collection. He is represented by P.P.O.W Gallery, New York.

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