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John Reynolds

Acronyms, etc. #301 (The Art World)

2004
paint marker on canvas
100mm x 102mm

signed REYNOLDS dated 2004 and inscribed ACRONYMS, ETC. #301 in ink verso

Provenance

Private collection, Auckland. Acquired from Sue Crockford Gallery, Auckland, c. 2004.

Essay

In his 2007 Art New Zealand feature celebrating John Reynolds’ appointment as a New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate, writer Roger Horrocks employed the choice phrase...

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Footnotes
  1. Roger Horrocks, “John Reynolds: Painting, Planting, Performance” originally published in Art New Zealand 122 (2007) http://www.art-newzealand.com/Issue122/reynolds.htm
  2. John Reynolds quoted by Horrocks in “Painting, Planting, Performance”
  3. The Real Art Roadshow, “John Reynolds,” YouTube video, 7.29. Posted 26 May 2011. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ASArwrqPCg
  4. Virginia Were, “Spring 2006 Studio: Silver Linings” in Art News New Zealand 26, no.3 (2006), 60.
  5. Horrocks, “John Reynolds”
  6. Ibid.

An Expert Undercooking

by Lucinda Bennett

In his 2007 Art New Zealand feature celebrating John Reynolds’ appointment as a New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate, writer Roger Horrocks employed the choice phrase “expertly undercooked” to describe his work.¹ To be undercooked is to be in need of a little more time, a little more heat. For something to be expertly undercooked suggests that it was not so much taken off the hob too soon, as that it was removed at precisely the right moment to achieve a specific effect. It is a perceptive description of Reynolds’ work, which, despite sprawling across multiple mediums, always tends to deliver ideas that are still pink in the middle, challenging the viewer to continue the thought.