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SR157 Scott Reeder;  Untitled (Pasta Painting);  2013;  Oil and enamel on canvas;  84 x 64 inches;  Inv# SR157

Scott Reeder; Untitled (Pasta Painting); 2013; Oil and enamel on canvas; 84 x 64 inches; Inv# SR157

SR161 Scott Reeder;  Untitled (Pasta Painting);  2013;  Oil and enamel on canvas;  84 x 64 inches;  Inv# SR161

Scott Reeder; Untitled (Pasta Painting); 2013; Oil and enamel on canvas; 84 x 64 inches; Inv# SR161

SR164 Scott Reeder;  Untitled (Pasta Painting);  2013;  Oil and enamel on canvas;  84 x 60 inches;  Inv# SR164

Scott Reeder; Untitled (Pasta Painting); 2013; Oil and enamel on canvas; 84 x 60 inches; Inv# SR164

SR165 Scott Reeder;  Untitled (Pasta Painting);  2013;  Oil and enamel on canvas;  84 x 60 inches;  Inv# SR165

Scott Reeder; Untitled (Pasta Painting); 2013; Oil and enamel on canvas; 84 x 60 inches; Inv# SR165

SR169 Scott Reeder;  Untitled (Pasta Painting);  2013;  Oil and enamel on canvas;  96 x 108 inches;  Inv# SR169

Scott Reeder; Untitled (Pasta Painting); 2013; Oil and enamel on canvas; 96 x 108 inches; Inv# SR169

Sr169 Untitled Det2 Web Scott Reeder;  Untitled (Pasta Painting) (detail);  2013;  Oil and enamel on canvas;  96 x 108 inches;  Inv# SR169

Scott Reeder; Untitled (Pasta Painting) (detail); 2013; Oil and enamel on canvas; 96 x 108 inches; Inv# SR169

Sr191 Paper Web Scott Reeder;  Paper;  2013;  9 parts: approximately 8.5 x 11 inches each;  Inv# SR191

Scott Reeder; Paper; 2013; 9 parts: approximately 8.5 x 11 inches each; Inv# SR191

Sr191 Paper Det Web Scott Reeder;  Paper (detail);  2013;  Painted aluminum;  9 parts: approximately 8.5 x 11 inches each;  Inv# SR191

Scott Reeder; Paper (detail); 2013; Painted aluminum; 9 parts: approximately 8.5 x 11 inches each; Inv# SR191

SR149 Scott Reeder;  Cops Kiss;  2013;  Acrylic on canvas;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR149

Scott Reeder; Cops Kiss; 2013; Acrylic on canvas; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR149

SR115 Scott Reeder;  Post Cats;  2013;  Acrylic on canvas;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR115

Scott Reeder; Post Cats; 2013; Acrylic on canvas; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR115

SR129 Scott Reeder;  Fake Rich;  2013;  Acrylic on canvas;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR129

Scott Reeder; Fake Rich; 2013; Acrylic on canvas; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR129

SR127 Scott Reeder;  Just Words;  2013;  Acrylic on canvas;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR127

Scott Reeder; Just Words; 2013; Acrylic on canvas; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR127

SR128 Scott Reeder;  Minds Fads;  2013;  Acrylic on canvas;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR128

Scott Reeder; Minds Fads; 2013; Acrylic on canvas; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR128

SR138 Scott Reeder;  Slow Fade;  2013;  Acrylic on canvas;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR138

Scott Reeder; Slow Fade; 2013; Acrylic on canvas; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR138

SR146 Just Gold;  2013;  Acrylic on canvas;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR146

Just Gold; 2013; Acrylic on canvas; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR146

SR123 Scott Reeder;  Lost Keys;  2013;  Acrylic on canvas;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR123

Scott Reeder; Lost Keys; 2013; Acrylic on canvas; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR123

SR101 Scott Reeder;  Mood Hole;  2013;  Acrylic on canvas;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR101

Scott Reeder; Mood Hole; 2013; Acrylic on canvas; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR101

SR110 Scott Reeder;  Idea Jail;  2013;  Acrylic on canvas;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR110

Scott Reeder; Idea Jail; 2013; Acrylic on canvas; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR110

SR125 Scott Reeder;  Fate Warp;  2013;  Acrylic on canvas;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR125

Scott Reeder; Fate Warp; 2013; Acrylic on canvas; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR125

SR103 Scott Reeder;  Post Good;  2013;  Acrylic on canvas;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR103

Scott Reeder; Post Good; 2013; Acrylic on canvas; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR103

SR153 Scott Reeder;  Anti Help;  2013;  Acrylic on canvas;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR153

Scott Reeder; Anti Help; 2013; Acrylic on canvas; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR153

SR120 Scott Reeder;  Omni Dung;  2013;  Acrylic on linen;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR120

Scott Reeder; Omni Dung; 2013; Acrylic on linen; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR120

SR135 Scott Reeder;  Word Jazz;  2013;  Acrylic on canvas;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR135

Scott Reeder; Word Jazz; 2013; Acrylic on canvas; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR135

SR099 Scott Reeder;  Fake Work;  2013;  Acrylic on canvas;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR099

Scott Reeder; Fake Work; 2013; Acrylic on canvas; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR099

SR121 Scott Reeder;  Iffy Idol;  2013;  Acrylic on linen;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR121

Scott Reeder; Iffy Idol; 2013; Acrylic on linen; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR121

SR112 Scott Reeder;  Real Evil;  2013;  Acrylic on canvas;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR112

Scott Reeder; Real Evil; 2013; Acrylic on canvas; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR112

SR098 Scott Reeder;  Moot Meme;  2013;  Acrylic on canvas;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR112

Scott Reeder; Moot Meme; 2013; Acrylic on canvas; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR112

SR154 Scott Reeder;  Wall Talk;  2013;  Acrylic on canvas;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR154

Scott Reeder; Wall Talk; 2013; Acrylic on canvas; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR154

SR130 Scott Reeder;  Bank Joke;  2013;  Acrylic on canvas;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR130

Scott Reeder; Bank Joke; 2013; Acrylic on canvas; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR130

SR108 Scott Reeder;  JPEG Life;  2013;  Acrylic on canvas;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR108

Scott Reeder; JPEG Life; 2013; Acrylic on canvas; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR108

SR119 Scott Reeder;  Sexy Wind;  2013;  Acrylic on canvas;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR119

Scott Reeder; Sexy Wind; 2013; Acrylic on canvas; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR119

SR143 Scott Reeder;  Temp Monk;  2013;  Acrylic on canvas;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR143

Scott Reeder; Temp Monk; 2013; Acrylic on canvas; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR143

SR113 Scott Reeder;  Lady Bong;  2013;  Acrylic on canvas;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR113

Scott Reeder; Lady Bong; 2013; Acrylic on canvas; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR113

SR104 Scott Reeder;  Poor Fool;  2013;  Acrylic on canvas;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR104

Scott Reeder; Poor Fool; 2013; Acrylic on canvas; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR104

SR136 Scott Reeder;  Free Acid;  2013;  Acrylic on canvas;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR136

Scott Reeder; Free Acid; 2013; Acrylic on canvas; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR136

SR134 Scott Reeder;  Just Info;  2013;  Acrylic on canvas;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR134

Scott Reeder; Just Info; 2013; Acrylic on canvas; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR134

SR193-DarkMath Scott Reeder;  Dark Math;  2013;  Acrylic on canvas;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR193

Scott Reeder; Dark Math; 2013; Acrylic on canvas; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR193

SR133 Scott Reeder;  Cool Shit;  2013;  Acrylic on canvas;  20 x 16 inches;  Inv# SR133

Scott Reeder; Cool Shit; 2013; Acrylic on canvas; 20 x 16 inches; Inv# SR133

SR189 Scott Reeder;  Bad Idea;  2013;  Painted aluminum;  28 x 35 x 35 inches;  Inv# SR189

Scott Reeder; Bad Idea; 2013; Painted aluminum; 28 x 35 x 35 inches; Inv# SR189

SR189 Scott Reeder;  Bad Idea;  2013;  Painted aluminum;  28 x 35 x 35 inches;  Inv# SR189

Scott Reeder; Bad Idea; 2013; Painted aluminum; 28 x 35 x 35 inches; Inv# SR189

SR189 Scott Reeder;  Bad Idea;  2013;  Painted aluminum;  28 x 35 x 35 inches;  Inv# SR189

Scott Reeder; Bad Idea; 2013; Painted aluminum; 28 x 35 x 35 inches; Inv# SR189

SR190 Scott Reeder;  Bad Ideas;  2013;  Painted aluminum;  In 4 parts: 7 x 8 x 8 inches; 7.5 x 9.5 x 8 inches; 9 x 9 x 8 inches; 7.5 x 10 x 8 inches;  Inv# SR190

Scott Reeder; Bad Ideas; 2013; Painted aluminum; In 4 parts: 7 x 8 x 8 inches; 7.5 x 9.5 x 8 inches; 9 x 9 x 8 inches; 7.5 x 10 x 8 inches; Inv# SR190

SR190detail Scott Reeder;  Bad Ideas (detail);  2013;  Painted aluminum;  In 4 parts: 7 x 8 x 8 inches; 7.5 x 9.5 x 8 inches; 9 x 9 x 8 inches; 7.5 x 10 x 8 inches;  Inv# SR190

Scott Reeder; Bad Ideas (detail); 2013; Painted aluminum; In 4 parts: 7 x 8 x 8 inches; 7.5 x 9.5 x 8 inches; 9 x 9 x 8 inches; 7.5 x 10 x 8 inches; Inv# SR190

SR092 Scott Reeder;  312-718-9800;  White neon, wiring, mounting hardware;  7 x 48 inches;  Edition of 3 ;  Inv# SR092.1

Scott Reeder; 312-718-9800; White neon, wiring, mounting hardware; 7 x 48 inches; Edition of 3 ; Inv# SR092.1

SR162 Scott Reeder;  Alternate Titles for Recent Exhibitions I've Seen;  2013;  Chalk on chalkboard paint and acrylic adhesive on canvas;  84 x 64 inches;  Inv# SR162

Scott Reeder; Alternate Titles for Recent Exhibitions I've Seen; 2013; Chalk on chalkboard paint and acrylic adhesive on canvas; 84 x 64 inches; Inv# SR162

SR170 Scott Reeder;  Song Titles;  2013;  Chalk on chalkboard paint and acrylic adhesive on canvas;  56 x 40 inches;  Inv# SR170

Scott Reeder; Song Titles; 2013; Chalk on chalkboard paint and acrylic adhesive on canvas; 56 x 40 inches; Inv# SR170

Lisa Cooley is proud to present Scott Reeder’s exhibition, People Call Me Scott, a solo presentation of paintings and sculpture. This will be Scott’s sixth solo exhibition in New York City, and his first with the gallery, which is also his largest exhibition in the city to date. Reeder has been creating work for over 15 years and the gallery is particularly honored to present this substantive exhibition.

Language generates all of Reeder’s paintings and sculptures. He keeps voluminous lists of titles, methods, and copious ideas, which yield an expansive range of objects and approaches. The resulting work, which varies greatly, includes not only figurative paintings, like Panda Protest (2011), a painting of pandas holding blank black-and-white protest signs, but also minimal, geometric, abstractions like Paper at Night (2011), colorful rectangles on a black background. Reeder’s abundant lists also compile ideas of how works can be made, generating process-paintings like mop paintings, penny paintings, and pasta paintings. In all cases, however, words come first. These works also point to Reeder’s ongoing interest in the history of painting, while simultaneously subverting the gravitas of historical reference through understated playfulness.

In Reeder’s new exhibition, language, humor, and abstraction again take center stage. These qualities exist most essentially in his new pasta paintings, which use spaghetti to form both abstract and text paintings. His abstract works playfully undercut Pollock, replacing brushstrokes with scattered noodles, while his text paintings present combinations of four letter words –Fake Rich, Post Cats, Idea Club – which gently point towards the canon of text-based work. In both cases, the carbohydrate-laden source of each mark reads slowly, and creates a sly joke. Reeder’s new text works also, for the first time, foreground his titles, which have always exerted a gravitational pull on his imagery.

Overall, the exhibition touches on infinite possibilities. A neon sign in the window toggles between COOL and UNCOOL, constantly declaring both positive and negative. A wall of text paintings suggests endless permutations of word poems. Marks in several abstract paintings appear as starry sky, but are actually tiny outlines of pasta letters, implying the boundlessness of language. New sculptures called Bad Ideas – giant crumpled-up balls of paper – suggest eternal revisions. Fabricated in powder-coated white aluminum, these “bad ideas” collect under a neon sign of the artist’s phone number, suggesting ambivalence, boundless possibility, or another iteration of the artist’s mark.

Reeder was born in 1970 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He lives and works in Detroit, and teaches at the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent solo exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Green Gallery, Milwaukee; Kavi Gupta, Chicago and Berlin; Jack Hanley, San Francisco; and Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis. Select group exhibitions include Tate Modern, London; New Jerseyy, Basel; Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York; and Cheim & Read, New York. An upcoming three-person exhibition at the Journal Gallery, New York, includes Reeder early next year. In January 2014, Reeder will debut a major project at 356 Mission Road, Los Angeles. This full-fledged exhibition revolves around the production and screening of a feature film, a considerable project which Reeder has been working on for over eight years.

In 2002, with his brother Tyson, and wife, Elysia Borowy-Reeder, Reeder opened General Store, a storefront gallery in Milwaukee. The Reeder brothers have curated several exhibitions including Drunk vs. Stoned at Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York, and The Early Show, at White Columns, New York. Their most recent project, Club Nutz, is billed as the world's smallest comedy club and hosts a variety of performances, musical events, lectures, screenings, and dance parties.

The gallery is located at 107 Norfolk Street, just one block east of Essex Street between Rivington and Delancey. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, from 10am to 6 pm, and always by appointment. The closest subways are the F/J/M at the Delancey/Essex stop and the D at Grand Street. For more information, please contact Kelly Woods at kelly@lisa-cooley.com or 212-680-0564.