In on the Art Joke: Scott Reeder at 356 Mission / Hyperallergic

Scott Reeder, “Book Titles (Fiction and Non Fiction)” 2014. (all photographs by the author for Hyperallergic)

Scott Reeder, “Book Titles (Fiction and Non Fiction)” 2014. (all photographs by the author for Hyperallergic)

LOS ANGELES — In Scott Reeder’s latest show, he’s made sure to drop in an almost unnoticeable banana that, upon recognition of the fruit, appears as just another prop in an alternate parody universe. Reeder’s work goes deeper because the jokes offer a one-two punch rather than a sardonic poking-fun-at, which just comes off as ironic. But does it?

Installed in the sprawling 356 Mission space is part of the set from the artist’s production MOON DUST — monochromatic modular pop-up rooms that look like a combination of a Jetson’s futuristic home and 70′s pods from Clockwork Orange. Placed within these rooms one finds Reeder’s various large-scale paintings that offer textual one-liners or lines of paint. When encountering one of these paintings, are we laughing at ourselves or the joke that Reeder is making about the art world?

Read the full review on Hyperallergic: http://hyperallergic.com/106310/in-on-the-art-joke-scott-reeder-at-365-mission/