They live together, work together, make art together — meet Charlie Castaneda and Brody Reiman, known in the art world as the single entity castaneda/reiman. Neither lovers nor twins separated at birth, Castaneda and Reiman were both born in 1970, received BFAs from Carnegie Mellon University in 1992, and MFAs from the University of California at Davis in 1994. Since completing school, the two have lived together as roommates and worked together on a series of jobs, including construction and a dog-walking business they started together called Two Girls Walk Dogs.
In the episode “Collaborations,” Spark enters the creatives life of this seamless duo as they prepare their site-specific installation of conceptual sculptures titled “Floor Plan Landscape” for DCKT Contemporary Gallery in New York City. The collaborators’ experience of working together informs the content of much of their current artwork, which is made of cement, plywood, drywall, insulation and other “male-identified” construction materials. Provoking the sentiments associated with domestic settings, the works minimally reference the illusions of security and comfort associated with the physical spaces of a home.
castaneda/reiman has exhibited in the Bay Area and throughout the United States, gaining critical regard for their works. They have won a number of awards in the United States and abroad. Recently, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art acquired one of their pieces. Their years of collective existence and artistic creation break the stereotypes of gender roles and the self-possessed artist working alone in a studio. Through differences and shared vision, castaneda/reiman truly embodies the concept of collaboration — in art, work and life.