Scott Reeder's paintings are irreverent parodies yet his painting are classical in a sense. He mines art history for different styles and each style gives him the context for a new joke. The list of his parodies include Caravaggio, Picasso, Duchamp, Jasper Johns, Rothko, Matisse, Twombly, Lewitt and others. Then there are the uniquely Scott Reeder paintings – the smoking fruit, the Christian Calculator, the Symmetrical Pirate. But as Reeder's Untitled 14 x 25 foot piece that occupied the lobby of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago demonstrates, he is not only interested in the surface joke. The “spaghetti” series delves into the the abstract both as a visual experience and a type of problem of social value.
Reeder’s work has been shown widely including exhibitions at Saatchi Gallery, Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Daniel Reich Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Jack Hanley, China Art Objects, and Pat Hearn. His recent projects also include a soon to be completed feature film entitled Moon Dust; set 100 years in the future and tells the tragic story of a failing resort located on the moon. Reeder recently had a solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.