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Justine Reyes: Vanitas [10 photos]

Justine Reyes: Vanitas [10 photos]

1STbananaPurseStill Life with Banana, Purse and Change, 2009. © Justine Reyes

The highly symbolic still life paintings associated with Flanders and the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries are the inspiration behind Justine Reyes‘s photography in her Vanitas project at The Center for Photography at Woodstock. Historically, “Vanitas” as an art genre utilized morbid images layered with symbolism through objects such as skulls, wilting flowers and rotting fruit—dealing with the awareness of life’s impermanence and the inevitability of death. Personal artifacts and everyday objects help to define Justine Reyes’s photographic interpretation of the genre. Justine Reyes’s Vanitas will be exhibited concurrently from January 9–February 28, 2010, with Landscape Forever curated by Dion Ogust. An artists’ reception for both exhibits will be held on Saturday, January 9th from 5–7pm at The Center for Photography at Woodstock.

2STfigsStill Life with Still Life Book and Figs, 2009. © Justine Reyes

3ST pomme birdsStill Life with Pomegranate and Birds, 2009. © Justine Reyes

4STsugar plumsStill Life with Sugar Plums and Containers, 2009. © Justine Reyes

5STshellStill Life with Drawers, Plate and Conch Shell, 2009. © Justine Reyes

6ST fishStill Life with Fish and Orange Slices, 2009. © Justine Reyes

7ST rock paperStill Life with Rock, Paper and Scissors, 2009. © Justine Reyes

8STmelon cupStill Life with Cup and Melon, 2009. © Justine Reyes

9STChicken gameStill Life with Rock, Paper and Scissors, 2009. © Justine Reyes

10Appvanitas teasetStill Life with Tea Set, Picture Frame and Cake, 2009. © Justine Reyes

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  1. Gorgeous! Stunning! Evocative! Go immediately to her website and check out her other bodies of work. She’s smart and talented.

  2. What is the correct title of Photograph #9?

    A couple of these closely capture the mood of the Flanders paintings, some fall flat, some have a sly humor. They’re mostly all intriguing.


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