Supporter Salute: Trailblazing Terrance Reimer Redefines Art & How It’s Experienced
Portrait of visual artist Terrance Reimer by Bojh Parker

Portrait of Terrance Reimer by Bojh Parker

“Blurring lines” isn’t something you’d expect a photographer to aim for.   

But when Clovis photographer and filmmaker Terrance Reimer points his camera at a subject, boundaries between genre, media and reality itself begin to shiver and crack.

Defining himself broadly as “a new media visual artist,” his passion for mixing it up seems to distinguish his approach to art, and perhaps life.

Reimer’s works do more than test rules about what’s “art” and what’s not. They also break through limits of real and artificial.

His 2020 immersive short film “Walking Past Abandoned Houses, I Think of Eric” explores the intersection of time-based media such as conventional cinematography and extended reality media, such as Ambisonic (surround) sound and 360-degree video platforms that use “omnidirectional” camera rigs to record views in every direction all at once, creating a panorama-like virtual reality around the viewer. Featuring Ohio poet Barbara Costas-Biggs reading her poem about losing a friend in the opioid epidemic, the film was an official selection in the 2021 Fine Arts Film Festival at the Venice (California) Institute of Contemporary Art.

Not all of his work relies on hybridizing traditional media with edgy new tech. He combines everyday subjects with experimental film and printing techniques. He injects the aesthetics of the snapshot into fine art photography.

And, yes. He tests our definitions of “fine art.” For example, by inviting the art world into the mud of a monster truck race.

“It’s frequently at the edges of things that we learn most about the middle,” he says in his artist’s statement for his “Mudbog” series, which photographed an annual off-road mud race in Oakhurst, California. “Ice and steam can reveal more about the nature of water than water alone ever could. ‘Mudbog: THE ART SHOW’ explores these edges, both in contextual imagery, as well as in taking off the ‘white glove’ pretenses of fine art while breaking barriers of presentation and display. It simply is art that is accessible.”

Photo of Mudbog art by Terrance Reimer

For his 2001 “Mudbog” show, Reimer teased definitions of fine art by mounting photos of subjects, such as this engine detail, onto used auto parts, sometimes with duct tape.

Reimer cut his teeth as a photojournalist with northwest Ohio newspapers before earning a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and visual communication from Ohio University. He went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Communication Media Arts, studying documentary film and immersive virtual reality in video storytelling.

Since moving to the Central Valley in the late nineties, he’s collaborated as a master digital printmaker with some of America’s most renowned contemporary photographers, including conservation photographers James Balog, Michael Forsberg, C.C. Lockwood and Robert Glenn Ketchum, photojournalists Jack Dykinga and Bruce Haley, cultural heritage photographer Ahmet Ertuğ and more.

In 2003, his “The Mother Road: Route 66” series of black and white infrared film photos centered the “New Art of the Mother Road” exhibit at the Brunz Rosowsky Gallary in downtown Las Vegas’s Arts Factory.

The photos were made a decade earlier, during an idyllic road trip to L.A. over the summer of 1990 that was part Kerouac, part impulse to be anywhere but Ohio.

They focus on iconic Mother Road subjects such as rusting gas pumps and the ruins of mid-century motels, eateries and roadside kitsch.

There’s also a signature shot of the crumbled road’s remains, streak of faded paint leading to the horizon under a John Ford sky made ultra-black through infrared film and a carbon-ink Piezography printing process.

“Coffee Inside 10¢”, Rio Puerco, New Mexico, 1995

“The Mother Road, US 66”, Correo, New Mexico, 1995

In his artist’s statement for the show, Reimer said, “The open road brings thought and comfort. It delights in the strangeness of life in the way that coincidences can transcend themselves, in how a random series of events can link people who are meant to be connected.”

Last March, several of his Mother Road images were included in his “Selected Works: 1990 to 2020” solo show at the Porterville College Art Gallery.

Reimer’s work has been recognized with awards in solo and group shows at home and abroad. His photography is included in the permanent collection of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Today, he continues his work as a fine art photographer, filmmaker and imaging specialist. He teaches photography at Clovis Community College and has lectured at Fresno State. Beginning in  August, he will serve as a Visiting Professional at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication.

Reimer has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Edward O. Lund Foundation and the Lund Scholarship from the start. Each year, he generously donates work to our annual Scotch, Brew & Art Affair, and is an invaluable source of inspiration for local arts and art education.

“Ed was a dear friend and creative inspiration to me,” he says. “I am thrilled to donate my artwork in his honor, and to support the Lund Foundation Scholarships to help Fresno State art, design and art history students study abroad.”

This month, Reimer heads to Australia to collaborate on a television travel show. He’ll officially be serving as a still photographer for location filming. But Reimer’s not one to stand still for long, if at all.

“I couldn’t be more excited for this upcoming adventure.”

>> Want to see more of Reimer’s work? Visit his website, or watch for him at the occasional Fresno ArtHop

Supporter Salute: Trailblazing Terrance Reimer Redefines Art & How It’s Experienced

by | Apr 2, 2024 | Supporter Stories, Uncategorized


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