Photography

Ian Reid's Collaborations with New York's BDSM Community

Oct 27, 2016 - Dec 04, 2016These DAys, Los Angeles

 A Day's Work is the first Los Angeles solo exhibition by photographer Ian Reid, featuring color prints from Reid’s recent collaborations with members of New York’s BDSM community and three limited edition skate decks from his collaboration with Mike Carroll and Girl.

Ian Reid was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and first came to prominence as a skateboarder and video documentarian of New York’s urban skate scene in the early 2000s. In 2005 he released the infamous skate video “Sex, Hood, Skate and Videotape,” regarded to be the rawest look at life on and around a skateboard. In 2008 Reid had the realization that photography was a better medium for him to express himself with and began concentrating on it almost exclusively. Reid traveled to Turkey to document Syrian refugees, to Russia to shoot the abandoned city of Chernobyl, he shot protests and demonstrations in the Ukraine, and white supremacist rallies in South Carolina

Soon after dedicating himself to the new medium, Reid photographed a female neighbor who was heavily involved with the BDSM fetish scene. The success of that shoot piqued his interest in this subculture he had previously known nothing about. He was introduced to others in the scene from whom he learned the nuances of the community and culture. The images he began creating are amalgamations of fine art and journalistic photography, comprised of partially nude, fully nude and masked women set in the streets of New York, abandoned buildings and wooded areas. The resulting photographs present a surreal fairy tale vision populated with dominant and submissive women playing out typically private fantasies in public. 

The exhibition is running in conjunction with Girl’s release of three skateboard decks adorned with Reid’s fetish photography. Flying in the face of the logo-driven marketing that dominates most of action sports, Girl has taken a brave leap into the unorthodox by championing this controversial artist’s work.

Opening reception: These Days - October 27, 2016, 7-11 P.M.