Landscapes of the inner mind
Jonathan Reinert is a visual artist born in Tuguegarao, Philippines, and was raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California. His work embarks across pine speckled mountains, through wispy clouds, beneath power lines, arches, and an occasional flying cardboard box. Check out his social media handles here: Facebook + Instagram.
TELL US A BIT MORE ABOUT YOURSELF.
I studied Painting and Drawing at DePaul University and then went for a Master's in Asian American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.
As children we gravitate toward activities that receive positive attention. I had a natural ability to draw at a young age so I stuck with it. I took it serious and always kept a sketch pad around. After grad school it took a while for me to find a way to integrate a disciplined creative practice—whether it be editing film or drawing—into my daily schedule. I had to experiment with different day jobs, work spaces, work schedules; all the boring stuff behind the work that allows the ability to make the work.
WHAT INTERESTS YOU ABOUT LANDSCAPE?
Landscapes are a visual mechanism I use to present a subject or idea. The process of building up a landscape allows me to think critically from a deeper place, with a controlled emotion, about object, place, timing and meaning.
The physical landscape reflects and interprets the inner workings of my mind.
WHO'S YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST? WHO'S ONE OF YOUR INFLUENCERS?
Roy Lichtenstein struck a chord with me at an early age. He was Pop Art, experimental, genre bending and just a regular guy. He didn't start painting until well in his 30's.
I felt like I could follow his process. I enjoyed the feeling it gave me to think about his work.
After Lichtenstein I got into Max Beckmann, Pollock, DeKooning, Dali, Escher and the rest of the textbook. Recently, I've been into Pat Perry, Gregory Euclide, Andy Goldsworthy and Supakitch & Koralie.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE BOOK?
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf.
WHAT'S YOUR RELATIONSHIP TO PROCESS? TO FORM?
Nice. Yes, let's nerd out. Process is interesting. It's the centripetal force a creative person must engage in order to bring together their ideas. A few years ago I began to allow my creative practice to govern my life. Gradually it grew big enough for me to build a schedule around it. I work during the day and create at night. My day job positively informs my work. In that, I feel very lucky.
I think in order to move forward in any creative practice there has to be repetition. Process requires prolonged focus and I think that's a healthy exercise.
I take my time. I stare, consider a line, make a mark, and stare some more.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT PAPER SON PRODUCTIONS.
Paper Son Productions is an ongoing series of documentary film projects headed by my scholar and artist friend, Christopher “Paper Son” Woon. He and I teamed up on the documentary film “Among B-Boys” in 2011 and are currently in the works on a new film coming out next year.
In the past I worked in motion graphics and assisted in designing the look and feel of the film project. Chris appreciates and values the tactile and handmade quality of my work. Without saying too much, the upcoming project will include direct intersections between my art work, stop motion, and film. It's going to be a fun time.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST: WHAT'S YOUR FAMILY'S RELATIONSHIP TO YOUR ART?
They're supportive and loving. They know it's a passion project and put up with a lot of my antics. I share new work with them.