Detroit artist Scott Reeder’s compelling show at Lisa Cooley is full of wise-ass text-based work that features masking, airbrush and more. In the back room, two large canvases are painted to look like old-fashioned blackboards. The one on the left, Alternative Titles for Exhibitions I’ve Seen, has been selected as today’s Painting of the Day. It reads:
ALTERNATIVE TITLES FOR EXHIBITIONS I’VE SEEN:
Indoor Street Art
Abstraction for Beginners
Believe it or Not, I Own a Computer
Painting is Dead, But These Paintings Are Still Available
The Book Was Better Than The Movie, But This Show is Worse Than Both
Illusion Of Intelligence (Part 3)
Popcorn And Hammocks
Warhol Did It Better, But Warhols are Hella Expensive
Fluxus Redone But Not Mentioned
Even Smaller / Less Impressive
Punk For Sale
We Do It 4 The JPEGS
If Not The Walls Then Where?
(Just Kidding We’re Just Going To Lean It Or put it On the Floor Like Everyone Else)
And Your thought You Were Bored Before?
Mad At Museums (Part 6)
Not For Sale! (Until Late)
Just Think Of Me As A Philosopher Who Sells Things
Important Art Referenced Unimportantly
Bad Art In Good Taste
Good Job! (100% Like Everything Else)
Forgetable Objects Arranged According To Current Trends
We Should Just Throw This Shit Right Into A Dumpster But…
The Men’s Movement
Can’t Say I Hate It
We’re Still Doing Black And White Right?
Are Reeder and William Powhida pals? If not, they should be.
“Scott Reeder: People Call Me Scott,” Lisa Cooley, LES, New York, NY. Through December 22, 2013.