In a comprehensive exhibition covering a span of twenty five years, the Kunstverein Hanover will bepresenting in conjunction with the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, as its first project of the year 2002, theAmerican painter DAVID REED (born 1946), who, along with Philip Taaffe, Jonathan Lasker and Bernard Frize, belongs in the forefront of contemporary painting.
David Reed's primarily large scale paintings have been inspired by widespread reflections on various epochs and styles. We thus find elements of baroque painting's magical light, the Rococo's love of ornament, Abstract Expressionism as well as the perfect color techniques of Minimal Art. Utilizing mainly extreme horizontal formats, Reed designs seductive and colorfully shimmering pipes which are as flat as celluloid and of mysterious depths. Recalling sequential friezes, the pictures open up a world of unexpected cinemascopic reaches and spaces. Important influences are derived from the medium of film and its ability to create illusions which are more realistic than reality itself. Reeds breaks the boundaries of panel painting with his famous settings based on Alfred Hitchcock's film classic “Vertigo”, in which the artist creates bedroom situations in the exhibition space including his own pictures. While modern Art has always looked for the autonomy and absolutism of the image, Reed returns it to the realm of the pictures handed to us by every day life. Reed's entire oeuvre makes it clear that he places the painted image in a structural “in between”: Thus painting becomes, in the artist's cosmos, a normal and real part of our lives as well as a completely artificial and illusory staging.