This fiberglass sculpture entered the realm of the iconic in 2017, when it was selected for Chicago's Year of Public Art, and placed in what was the only available outdoor spot: a small plaza along the banks fo the Chicago River. it so happened that from one vantage point, the sculpture seemed to provide a vista from which to look across the river at Trump Tower. Several major media outlets accused the artist and the city of "trolling" President Trump with the artwork, but the piece was in fact created for, and first installed at, Art Basel Miami Beach 2013. The possible meanings of the work are numerous. Nonetheless, while installed in Chicago, the work became one of the most photographed and written about public sculptures in recent American history.
Reeder has said, "My work almost always starts with language." Even his seemingly least text based works—his pasta paintings, which use pasta as a sort of stencil to create seemingly abstract linear compositions—were inspired when Reeder wrote the sentence "pasta paintings," prior to knowing what it was he was trying to say or do.
In many of Reeder’s paintings and neon sculptures, the written word is exactly what it appears to be: a conveyance of thought, unencumbered by conceptual abstraction. Or is it? Sometimes, he seems to be poking fun at something, as in his painting Alternative Titles for Recent Exhibitions I’ve Seen (2014), or More ideas for a TV show episode or a painting (2017). Other times, he seems to be simply making a direct statement of fact, as in his painting Wall Talk (2012), which prominently features those words, or his neon sculpture Interesting (2018). Funny, ironic, whimsical, critical, and sometimes melancholy, Reeder's works excel first and foremost in the art of understatement.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2015 Kavi Gupta CHICAGO | Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 2014 Scott Reeder, 356 Mission, Los Angeles, CA 2013 Paintings of Things, Kavi Gupta BERLIN, Germany People Call Me Scott, Lisa Cooley, New York, NY 2012 Scott Reeder, Kavi Gupta CHICAGO, IL 2011 Chicago Works: Scott Reeder, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL Scott Reeder, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL 2010 Scott Reeder, Luce Gallery, Torino, Italy Scott Reeder: New Work, Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI 2009 Painter, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York 2008 Gavlak Projects, Palm Beach, FL 2007 Liste Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland 2006 Scot Reeder: New Works, Daniel Reich Gallery, New SCOTT REEDER Draw Gym, organized by Brian Bellot, Know More Games, Brooklyn, NY Please Come to my Show, Part II (1980-Now), organized by David Senior, MoMA Library, New York, NY Summer Reading, The Hole, New York, NY The Future is Stupid, Green Gallery, Milwaukee, WI 2012 The Art of the Joke, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark Liminal Boundaries, Luce Gallery, Torino, Italy Sentimental Education, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL Spaced, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, NY Portrait of a Generation, The Hole, New York, NY 2011 Abstract America, Saatchi Gallery, London 2010 Holes, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York With Walls, Museum 52, New York Anniversary Show, Gavlak Projects, Palm Beach, FL Little Worlds, Luce Gallery, Torino, Italy Tuesday Afternoon in a Cage, L.T.D., Los Angeles, CA More Mergers and Acquisitions, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA 2009 Constellations, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market, The Tate Modern, London Top Ten, New Jersey Gallery, Basel, Switzerland Wallgasm, Angstrom Gallery, Los Angeles, CA There, There, Inova- Peck School of the Arts, Milwaukee, WI 2008 Pretty Ugly, Gavin Browns Enterprise, New York I Won’t Grow Up, Cheim & Read, New York Tales of the Grotesque, Karma International, Zurich 2007 Liste International Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland The Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s 2006 Mary L. Nohl Fellowship Exhibition, Inova, Milwaukee, WI Ausstellungsraum Klingental, Basel, Switzerland Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market, at GBE, Frieze International Art Fair, London Jail City, Jack Handley Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Fake Space, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR Foot by Foot by Foot, Mogwai, Venice, CA Mantua Festival, Dublin, Ireland Fast Forward, Rockford Museum of Art, Rockford, IL Secret Cache, Angstrom Gallery, Los Angeles, CA High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, CA WuTang Googleplex, Gavin Brown’s at Passerby, New York Ceramics Show, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL Three Degrees of Francis Bacon, Milwaukee Art Museum, WI 2006 Action Adventure, Canada, New York 60 Second Video Festival, Fugitive Projects, Nashville, TN On Platforming, Locust Projects, Miami, FL Gas—Issue Number 4, Jacob Fabricius, Copenhagen Art Institute of Chicago Benefit Auction, Chicago, IL White Columns Benefit Auction, New York The Art of the Artist Statement, Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center, Chicago, IL Kids of the Black Hole, Stalke Gallery, Copenhagen 2005 Drunk vs. Stoned 2, Gavin Brown Enterprise, New York One Minute Rave, Canada, New York The Four Color Pen Show: Chicago, Van Harrison Gallery, Chicago, IL 2004 Strange Animal, L.A.C.E., Los Angeles, CA The Four Color Pen Show, Locust Projects, Miami, FL Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?, Champion Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA The Infinite Fill Group Show, Foxy Productions, New York Sticker Project, Wrong Gallery, New York Drunk vs Stoned, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise/General Store, New York Yard Sale, Track House, Oak Park, IL Under the Sun, Greener Pastures Contemporary Art, Toronto What’s Up With Milwaukee, Galapagos Art Space, New York Spacemakers, The Suburban/Lothringer Dreizen, Munich, Germany Make Your Own Fun, Guild and Greyshkul, New York 2003 Going West, Jones Center for Contemporary Art, Austin, TX Symbolic Space, The Hudson Rover Valley Center for Contemporary Art The Birdman Returns, D’Amelio Terras, New York Now Playing, D’Amelio Terras, New York Karaoke Death Machine, Daniel Reich, New York The Burnt Orange Heresy, Space 101, New York Utopia Station, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy General Store, The Stray Show, Chicago, IL Millhaus vs. Forcefield, Mixture Contemporary Arts, Houston, TX Amfar 2 x 2, Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, TX Sculpture Show, Angstrom Gallery, Dallas, TX K-48 Kult Show, Scope Art Fair, New York The Party, Joymore, Chicago, IL 2002 Version 02, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL Canceled Art Fair, China Art Objects, Los Angeles, CA Tasty Dog, Krems, Austria Newspaper Project, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York Realm of the Lair, Joymore, Chicago, IL Plat & Form, Portable Hermetic & Foster Gallery 2001 Mortal, The Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago, IL Memorial Show: Part 3, Pat Hearn Gallery, New York More, More, More, Chicago Project Room, Los Angeles, CA The Armory Show 2001, Pat Hearn Gallery, New York 2000 Factory Soiree, Milwaukee Art Museum, WI The Next Wave: New Painting in Southern California, California Center for the Arts, Escondido, CA 1999 Painting: fore and aft, ACME, Los Angeles, CA Oriental Nights, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York 1998 Yeah, Loyola Research Center, Chicago, IL Vienna Beef, Bricks and Kicks, Vienna, Austria 1997 Harry Karry Show, Diverse Works, Houston, TX 1996 The Speed of Painting, Pat Hearn Gallery, New York