Thank you to all those who attended the opening of Michael Reeder’s sold-out exhibition “The OtheRealm” alongside Matthew Grabelsky’s Jungle City,” with new works from Kyle Bryant in the back office room. The night was buzzing with excitement over Reeder’s transformation of the space, and Grabelsky’s subway inspired works and accompanying sounds. Both artists released prints, and a fifty person line formed out front before doors by avid fans. While those who desired a print waited in line, they were able to admire Kyle’s detailed and dimensional woodblock pieces for his show “On Broken Wings.” It was a fantastic opening night for all three exhibitions which are on view now through August 24th.
August 3, 2019 – August 24, 2019
Opening Reception with the Artist(s):
Saturday, August 3, 2019
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Michael Reeder invites the viewer into The OtheRealm this August at Thinkspace. Discovery through the exploration of process and materials has fueled this new series of work. Experimenting constantly in his studio to find just the right balance, Reeder never stops pushing himself forward. The OtheRealm features the largest collection of work to date from the Texan-born, Los Angeles-based artist.
A contemporary portraitist who uses figurative distortions and symbolic dislocations as a vehicle for the expression and examination of identity, Reeder’s controlled chaos is as evocative as it is strategically unsettling. Looking to the depiction of the figure as an exteriorization of the internal self, Reeder’s graphic and stylized works oscillate between moments of reduction and surplus.
The artist’s imagery is loose enough to encourage projection and tight enough to direct association by tapping into the subconscious, and its surreal recesses, as a limitless visual resource. By recreating a single subject multiple times, Reeder discovered the poetic potential in seriality and the subtlety of incremental difference: each iteration of the same producing profoundly different results.
Moving from flat graphic expanses of space and patterning to more realistically rendered areas, the portrait is positioned as a dynamic, shifting entity, a composite of competing forces colonized by often conflicting imperatives from the realms of the personal, political, and social. As something finite and circumscribed, the figure just like the self is, nonetheless, undeniably infinite as a locus of unwritten potential.
Join LBMA for a night of cocktails, dinner, and discussion at our Artist Panel Discussion with POW! WOW! artists Michael Reeder, Lauren YS, and Spenser Little. The discussion will be moderated by the Museum’s Executive Director, Ronald C. Nelson, and the co-owner of Thinkspace Projects and co-curator of Vitality & Verve: Transforming The Urban Landscape (on view until September 9, 2018), Andrew Hosner.
For more information and to purchase a ticket for the dinner visit the Eventbrite link here.
Photos courtesy of Birdman Photography
Michael Reeder has been crushing it and his colorful mixed media work has garnered the attention of Forbes contributing writer Felicity Carter. Go over to Forbes.com for the full interview. Also, plan ahead and mark your calendars, as we will have a major solo coming up with Reeder in the summer of 2019.
What was your first memory of art?
I would have to say the cover art from my Dad’s vinyl album collection was probably my first exposure to art. He had some pretty epic covers from Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Molly Hatchet, AC/DC etc. I remember trying to draw almost all of them.
Michael Reeder is a Texan-born, Los Angeles-based artist who is a contemporary portraitist. He uses figurative distortions and symbolic dislocations as a vehicle for the expression and examination of identity. Reeder’s controlled chaos is as evocative as it is strategically unsettling, using various mediums, he creates works that express imagery that is loose enough to encourage projection and tight enough to direct association by tapping into the subconscious. He inspires a new sense of surrealism, with portraits of a limitless visual resource.
Click through Michael Reeder’s mural progress for Vitality & Verve III: Transforming the Urban Landscape at the Long Beach Museum of Art opening this weekend.
“Vitality and Verve III” is the third iteration of the collaborative series curated by Thinkspace Projects with the support of POW! WOW! Long Beach for the Long Beach Museum of Art, and will be featuring ephemeral murals and installations from Bordalo II, CASE, Evoca, Sergio Garcia, Herakut, Hush,
Jaune, Leon Keer, Koz Dos, Spenser Little, Fintan Magee, Dennis McNett, Drew Merritt, Michael Reeder, RISK, SEEN, Amy Sol, Super A, Juan Travieso, Dan Witz and Lauren YS
The Long Beach Museum of Art presents:
‘VITALITY AND VERVE III’
Curated by Thinkspace with support from POW! WOW! Long Beach
On View June 30, 2018 thru September 9, 2018 at:
Long Beach Museum of Art
2300 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA. 90803
Friday, June 29 opening night gala tickets available now for only $15 at: