Living in Miami, the idea of painting at the beach perhaps is corrupted by legions of Sunday painters whose work populate doctor's offices and cruise ships with their crude representations of a tourist’s dream. Contemporary Art in Miami often comments on the perpetually-under-construction shifts of this city – and the nature that often threatens to overtake it. Rarely does it examine the beach itself.
Tyson Reeder is an artist with an expansive practice: with his brother Scott and fellow Milwaukee cohorts he started Club Nutz (a comedy club), the Dark Fair (an art fair in the dark), and the Milwaukee International (an art fair in a Wisconsin bowling alley). He is part of a group actively building community in the Midwest. As a painter, Reeder’s small-scale canvases have a darting energy akin to Impressionism painted on a jet plane. Reeder’s practice is an on-the-go yet in-depth exploration of medium, color, and vision.
Mr. Reeder creates florid, shimmering vistas without needing much surface area. The small works, like “Green Tree” and “Pink Horizon,” could be fragments of a Bonnard … its pastel palette and palm trees, suggests Polke in Key West.
-Karen Rosenberg, NY Times, 2011
What makes it all work is Mr. Reeder's confidence with color and his concentrated mixings of drawing mediums -- crayon, marker, pencil, watercolor, synthetic paint. If the images sometimes seem childlike, the surfaces are anything but; the best of them are deliberately wrought and beautiful -- and in their own way, deadly serious.
-Roberta Smith, NY Times, 2004
Coming from cold and windy Chicago, Reeder imagines his perfect art holiday is to get away and paint on the beach. In December 2011 & December 2012, Tyson & Scott Reeder set-up al fresco on the Deauville’s beachfront, sticking canvases in the sand and painting among the NADA Art Fair revelers. Their Beach Painting Club brought artists together to freely observe, frolic & paint. The paintings made during the 2012 event were sold as a Hurricane Sandy Benefit. Artists Spencer Sweeney, Aurel Schmidt, Jim Drain, Jess Fuller, Naomi Fisher (and many more) painted with the Reeders for this cause. BFI co-sponsored the 2012 event with the NADA pool party.
Tyson Reeder’s expansive practice includes co-directing an art fair with no lights (Dark Fair at the Swiss Institute NY 2008 and Dark Fair Cologne at the Kolnischer Kunstverein 2009), co-directing an art fair in a bowling alley (Milwaukee International Art Fair 2006 & 2007) and hosting Club Nutz (in Milwaukee, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 2010, and at the Frieze Art Fair, London 2010). As an artist Reeder has had solo shows at Daniel Reich Gallery, NY; Green Gallery, Milwaukee; Jack Hanley Gallery, LA; and has exhibited at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, NY; Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago; Canada Gallery, NY; Willy Wonka Gallery, Oslo; David Zwirner Gallery, NY; John Connoly Presents, NY; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Reeder is an artist and a community builder in the Midwest, a kindred spirit to the BFI. We are so excited to host his show!