Ben Reynolds: About to Travel

Gallery 1401

Exhibit by Georgia-based photographer and educator Ben Reynolds.

Reynolds often finds himself spending large blocks of time in Italian train stations, airports and museums. In an effort to turn the waiting time into something more productive, he began cataloging the people he encountered. He pairs these color photos with other images from his travels to propose fictional narratives that address the divide between one’s physical presence and one’s thoughts. Varying distances exist between one’s body and one’s thought: a person may rest in a seat in a Rome airport, but the story often dwells elsewhere. Reynolds writes, “I’m standing in line at a convenience store when I overhear the clerk tell the customer in front of me that he knows his brother from prison. The customer leaves the store, and I ask the clerk no further questions. Whatever tale I may tell from this encounter is purely for the sake of a story, a story whose only connection to reality is that opening line. There’s more to the story, but I have no idea what it might be. These photographs are no different.” Reynolds’ images bring back the loss of place and identity cemented in time and procedure imposed upon us with the unfinished narrative that all travelers throughout time have experienced.

Reynolds earned his BFA and MFA from the University of Georgia, Athens. Before joining the faculty of the University of Georgia, Reynolds worked as carpenter, hog farmer and professional musician. In the 1990s, his band Chickasaw Mudd Puppies recorded several critically acclaimed albums produced by REM’s Michael Stipe and blues legend Wille Dixon. More recently, the band reunited to record a song for the 2011 film “The Mechanic” and to perform at SXSW.

Reynolds’ photography has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. In addition to his teaching duties, Reynolds coordinates a Maymester program for the university’s studies abroad program in Cortona, Italy. Recent exhibitions include University of North Georgia, Watkinsville, Ga.; Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, Ga.; and the Firehouse Gallery, Louisville, Ga. His work as a musician has been critically received in The New York Times, Spin, Rolling Stone, Details and others, and is included in the Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock and Roll. In 2008, Reynolds received the Sandy Beaver Excellence in Teaching Award from Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia.

Gallery 1401 offers a year-round regular schedule of exhibitions of contemporary photography. This exhibition is concurrent with "Don Gregorio Antón: Not One Alone" in the Sol Mednick Gallery (Gallery 1401’s sister space) on the 15th floor of Terra Hall. The UArts Photography program operates both galleries.

Above: "Meeting Point, Termini, Rome."

Terra Hall
211 S Broad Street, 14th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States

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