Chicago Works: Scott Reeder
Scott Reeder’s first solo museum exhibition includes a mixture of figurative paintings that are absurdly humorous renderings made in the style of great masters such as Sol LeWitt, Henri Matisse, Philip Guston, and Picasso; and the artist’s own idiosyncratic, anthropomorphic foods, fruits, and plants smoking cigarettes or enacting the myths of Sisyphus and Narcissus, and his most recent body of abstract paintings made with raw and cooked spaghetti. Reeder’s faux-naïve approach complicates the gravitas of his subject -- namely the history of painting -- and the macho, academic nature of much of that history, with saccharine colors, pathetic overtones, and atypical materials, such as pasta, used in the process of making his work. Reeder also creates a large-scale, site-specific wall painting from his abstract spaghetti series for the second-floor lobby wall and plans a special screening of his first feature-length film entitled Moon Dust, a futuristic story of a failing resort located on the moon. This exhibition is curated by Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Pamela Alper Associate Curator.