Kavi Gupta is proud to present Put the Cat on the Phone, a new exhibition of paintings and objects including new neon work and video work by Scott Reeder.
Delving further into his exploration of the absurd, this body of work riffs off of the recent investigations in Reeder’s feature length film Moon Dust, 2014. The gallery becomes a chromatic backdrop for this perusal, asking the viewers to depart from their own notions of normalcy and embrace these hues of the unreasonable. A range of paintings and objects will inhabit the space furthering dialogues labored by artists like Robert Breer, Piero Manzoni and Martin Kippenberger. At the same time the exhibition draws heavily from Moon Dust’s use of color theory and modernist sculpture. This interaction between the viewer, the objects in the room and the paintings highlight Reeder’s subversive use of humor to provoke our own study of expectation. In addition to the environment created in the main exhibition space a new video work by Reeder will screen in the project room.
Scott Reeder has held solo exhibitions throughout America and Europe and has been included in group exhibitions at numerous museums and galleries. Recent solo exhibitions include Context Burger at Retrospective, New York, Scott Reeder at 356 Mission, Los Angeles, Paintings of Things at Kavi Gupta BERLIN, People Call Me Scott at Lisa Cooley, New York, Scott Reeder at Kavi Gupta CHICAGO, and Chicago Works: Scott Reeder at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Recent group exhibitions include It Gets Beta at Marlborough Broome Street, New York, The People’s Biennial, curated by Jens Hoffmann and Harrell Fletcher at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, Purple States, curated by Sam Gordon at Andrew Eldin Gallery, New York, Another Look at Detroit: Parts 1 & 2, curated by Todd Levin at Marlborough Chelsea and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, and Awkward Phase, curated by Jeremy Willis and Lauren Novotny at 65 Maspeth Avenue, New York. Scott Reeder’s work has been reviewed in numerous art publications, including Frieze, Art in America, The New York Times, Flash Art, ArtForum, and Art Papers.
Moon Dust will be screened at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago on Saturday, October 3, 2015. This fall, Reeder will also debut Civilization and its Discontents: SAIC 150th Anniversary Alumni Exhibition, Selections from 1985-2015, co-curated with his brother Tyson Reeder at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Sullivan Galleries.