October 22nd, 2020

60 Lispenard Street

P: 212 925 4631

New York, NY





Detail of Tyson Reeder's OC, 2020

Canada is pleased to present Gorp, Tyson Reeder’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. This new series of paintings find the artist in a winsome mood. The paintings depict landscapes and imaginary urban scenes. Custom vans, cruiser bikes and choppers are the preferred mode of transport to traverse the weave of highways, overpasses and nature trails that intersect the paintings. Reeder frequently opts for muted lighting, the feel of pre-dawn or early evening permeate his paintings, triggering memories of vacations and wanderlust. Reeder’s paintings allude to urban spaces that have a forgotten or emptied out feeling, with nature nonchalantly creeping into the margins. Abandoned department stores and parks expose a daydreamer middream.


Reeder painting IZ-US in Detroit Studio, Summer 2020

The paintings are made with a light touch. Errant pencil lines form loose boundaries for thinned out flows of acrylic paint that seem soaked into the canvas or possibly emerging from within somehow. There is no bravura brushwork. The residue of the effort of painting is as light as the images and themes. From time to time, Reeder will press down on a particular detail paying close attention to something weird, like an embroidered lobster on a silk jacket or the veins on a leaf. The focus heightens oddness, like a pulled-out thread in the fabric of his painted reality. Reeder has played in a minor key before, but these works seem to expand the language into new territory: behind the tentative searching quality there is an embrace of a more outré version of his visual language.

The missing link, the ghost in the machine, is the painter himself. The romantic ideal of the artist beholding nature, becoming transfixed and overwhelmed by what is beheld receives a makeover in Gorp. The sense that Reeder feels any particular way towards the subject matter is suspect in these paintings as if the painter went outside and felt, well, the same. In fact, Reeder demurs when confronted with the possibility of allegorical meanings in his work and refers, instead, to the shape making possibilities a leaf or an escalator offers his compositions. But we are free to interpret the paintings and, given our times, they inspire reveries on post-apocalyptic society or, less operatically, some particular long weekend when everyone went away. The sensation of missing out on the main event permeates the works, and the sense of loss is replaced with the sensation of finding something private and the bewildered joy of experiencing strangeness in the everyday.


Tyson Reeder in his Chicago studio, Summer 2015

Tyson Reeder (b. 1974, Fairfax, VA) lives and works in Chicago, IL. Solo exhibitions include Daniel Reich Gallery, New York; Office Baroque, Brussels; Green Gallery, Milwaukee; Canada, New York. His work has also appeared in numerous group exhibitions at venues such as Gavin Brown's Enterprise, New York; Venus over Manhattan, Los Angeles; Peter Freeman Gallery, New York; Karma, New York; Jack Hanley Gallery, New York among others. Reeder has co-organized many group exhibitions and projects, including Drunk vs. Stoned at Gavin Brown's Enterprise, The Early Show at White Columns; The Dark Fair at the Swiss Institute New York and the Köelnischer Kunstverien, Cologne; and the 24-Hour Super Jam at Canada, NY. Reeder performed at the Serpentine Pavilion, Serpentine Gallery, London as part of the fashion collective George De George. His paintings are included in the collections of the MoMA and the Rubell Family Collection.


"Pierre Bonnard once claimed that he would like to “arrive in front of the young painters of the year 2000 on the wings of a butterfly.” Had he done so, there’s a fair chance he would have presented himself to Tyson Reeder."

—Laura McLean-Ferris, Artforum, 2014


Tyson Reeder
IZ-US, 2020
Acrylic and graphite on canvas
36 × 112 inches (91.44 × 284.48 cm)

Tyson Reeder
Carabiner, 2020
Acrylic and graphite on canvas
36 × 112 inches (91.44 × 284.48 cm)


Tyson Reeder
Sears, 2020
Acrylic and graphite on canvas
112 × 36 inches (284.48 × 91.44 cm)

Tyson Reeder
Patchouli, 2020
Acrylic and graphite on canvas
37 ¼ × 57 ¼ × 2 ⅛ inches (94.62 × 145.42 × 5.40 cm) (framed)


Tyson Reeder
OC, 2020
Acrylic and graphite on canvas
57 ¼ × 37 ¼ × 2 ⅛ inches (145.42 × 94.62 × 5.40 cm) (framed)

Tyson Reeder
Neon France, 2020
Acrylic, pastel and graphite on canvas
37 ¼ × 49 ¼ × 2 ⅛ inches (94.62 × 125.10 × 5.40 cm) (framed)


Tyson Reeder
Mosquito Bay, 2020
Acrylic and graphite on canvas
36 × 48 inches (91.44 × 121.92 cm)
37 ¼ × 49 ¼ × 2 ⅛ inches (94.62 × 125.10 × 5.40 cm) (framed)

Tyson Reeder
Jimmy Z, 2020
Acrylic and graphite on canvas
31 ¼ × 37 ¼ × 2 ⅛ inches (79.38 × 94.62 × 5.40 cm) (framed)

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