Scott Reeder’s paintings, sculptures and videos are studies in contradiction- abstract and representative, ambitious and restrained, ironic and sincere. His “pasta paintings” with their loopy variant marks, reference Abstract Expressionism, but are made with the elaborate alphabet of noodle types, and his text paintings, pairs of four-letter words like “Post Cats,” and “Dark Math,” channel Ed Ruscha via a lo-fi punk aesthetic. His list paintings, such as “Alternate Titles For Recent Exhibitions I’ve Seen,” are comical blends of topical mundanity and absurdist existentialism.
Scott Reeder is a painter, filmmaker and professor of painting and drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He currently lives and works in Detroit, Michigan. Reeder was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago in 2011 and has been included in group exhibitions at the Tate Modern, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; and the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art. Reeder’s work is included in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta; and the Kadist Foundation, Paris.
In 2014, Reeder debuted his first feature-length film project, Moon Dust at Anthology Film Archive in New York. Reeder has also curated several exhibitions, including Dark Fair at the Swiss Institute NY, The Early Show at White Columns, NY and Drunk vs. Stoned (parts 1 & 2) at Gavin Brown’s enterprise NY. Reeder is represented by Lisa Cooley in New York, NY, Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago, IL, and Luce Gallery in Turin, Italy.