Häusler Contemporary

David Reed at Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld

David Reed at Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld

David Reed »#640«, 2012-2014 | oil and alkyd on polyester | 76.2 x 152.4 cm

David Reed »#640«, 2012-2014 | oil and alkyd on polyester | 76.2 x 152.4 cm

David Reed »The Mirror and the Pool«
Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld
Opening: Sunday, March 22, 2015
Exhibition until August 23, 2015

David Reed, born 1946 in San Diego, California, is one of the most influential artists in the United States. He has taken a completely different direction from Imi Knoebel for expanding the spectrum of non-representational art. While at college and art school (until 1968) he initially devoted himself to a form of landscape painting inspired by Abstract Expressionism, before moving on single-mindedly in the 1970s to a form of Minimalist gestural Abstraction. Over the years, the artist has developed a complex system for applying the paint in which an illusionist sense of depth and an painterly flatness interact in precarious ways. But what also remains decisive for Reed is the physicality of his painting, which embraces moreover its opposite: “Abstraction comes from losing the contours of your body and not knowing where you are.” (Reed) At the same time, the Cinemascope formats, along with the sequences of movement within the paintings show the relevance of Reed’s experiences with film, which led him in the 1990s to cinematic mise-en-scènes with painting. Reed has conceived a site-specific work for Museum Haus Lange centred on one single painting that encompasses all of the rooms. While simultaneously interactingon with Mies van der Rohe’s architecture and Yves Klein’s immaterial space Le Vide (1961), he creates a bewildering pictorial panorama made up of mirrorings, repetitions and erased spatial boundaries.
(Excerpt from the press release of Museum Haus Lange, Krefeld

The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication.

 

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