Kavi Gupta Gallery is proud to present its first solo exhibition by Scott Reeder. Reeder is highly regarded for his multiple talents. As a conceptual artist, he is known for his paintings, sculptures, and performances. For the past few years, Reeder has honed an approach to painting with noodles. Museological in scale and executed with precise skill, the paintings recall the history of monochromatic works as they are seen in multiple modern art movements from Russian Constructivism to Minimalism to the french BMPT painting group. Known as his Pasta Paintings, the works are a saccharine, but serious critique of the essentialist approach to understanding the nature of painting as a medium in 20th century art. Expanding on his critique of the history and stylistic traditions of art-making, Reeder will unveil new sculptural works which continuously carry his idiosyncratic humor and wit. As in his paintings, the sculptural work explores ideas of both the presence and absence of the artist's hand, whether it be as simple a gesture, fold, crease or his personal hand-writing manifested in neon, the sculptural work emphasizes how Reeder values the role of mark making and expression in art while making a good-natured joke of the weight often given to seminal of Conceptual Art.
Scott Reeder (b. 1970 in Milwaukee, WI, USA) Recent solo exhibitions include Chicago Works: Scott Reeder; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, LUCE Gallery, Torino and Gavlak Projects in West Palm Beach. In recent years, Reeder has presented numerous exhibitions at galleries, including Pat Hearn Gallery,1999, Gavin Brown Enterprises, NY, China Art Objects, 2000 (with Laura Owens), and Jack Hanley Gallery, 2006. His work has been curated into notable institutional group exhibitions such as Utopia Station, 2003 at the Venice Biennale in Italy, Constellations, 2009 at the MCA in Chicago, and Abstract America, 2011 at Saatchi Gallery in London. In addition, Reeder's work as a founder of the curatorial think-tank Milwaukee International is significant. With the group, he has organized the eccentric Milwaukee International, an art fair housed in a Polish pub and bowling alley, and Dark Fair, 2008 held at the Swiss Institute in NYC where exhibitors' booth were illuminated only by candles, flashlights, or light sculpture. Reeder lives and works in Chicago where he teaches in the The School of The Art Institute Of Chicago's Painting & Drawing Department. He is currently finishing work on his feature film entitled Moon Dust, 2012.