Shaun D. Reynolds was born and raised in Chicago. He currently resided in Frankfort IL and works as the regional assistant at Lewis University’s Shorewood Campus. He has the dubious distinction of membership in the Computer Graphics Pioneers SIG of SIGGRAPH, due to having been a computer animator starting in 1977, and one of the 2 animators of the first fully digital film, “Dilemma,” directed by John Halas of Halas & Batchelor Films of London. He worked as a director for several film and video houses in the Chicago area from 1977-2001 and as a freelance designer and artist afterward. Reynolds also taught art courses at the South Bend Art Center and at DePaul University. He holds a BFA from University of Notre Dame ‘70 and a MFA from the University of Chicago ’77.
Reynolds’ work is about the power of the image and its implications. As you will see, the basic theme common to most of his work is that it uses one or more famous or familiar images which become or encapsulate one or more other familiar image. The reasons he does this are to reveal some unstated subtext of the images, to add a subtext of my own, to demystify or “deconstruct” the mythology attached to it, and, ideally, to add an element of humor or irony in the juxtapositions. “Infinite Jetst” is a tessallation homage to 2 of my favorite artists, M.C.Escher and David Foster Wallace (author of “Infinite Jest”), with an infinite stream of stealth bombers on a Moebius strip, but going which way? “Beauty’s in the Eye of the Beheld” warns about letting our cultural aesthetics be manipulated by those who stand to gain from the result.”Western-Ization” is about dueling geopolitical propagandas whose imagery is equally as misleading as its philosophy.