David Reed: A Place Only Possible in Painting

David Reed, #323, 1990-1993, Öl und Alkyd auf Leinwand, 112 x 46 inches (284,5 x
David Reed, #323, 1990-1993, Öl und Alkyd auf Leinwand, 112 x 46 inches (284,5 x 116,9 cm), Sammlung Mondstudio

David Rhodes reviews the exhibition David Reed: Heart of Glass: Paintings and Drawings 1967-2012 at the Kunstmuseum Bonn, on view through October 7, 2012.

Rhodes writes: "As real to the eye as it is fictive to thought, the effect here of Reed’s color and surface establishes a place only possible in painting. The physical layering of paint – its removal sometimes leaving an abraded surface in contrast to areas of paint applied by brush or knife and left as is – leaves time running in both directions. This process occurs in unknown sequence, directing us away from the certainties of unmediated paint accumulations. Often this feels unsettling and dynamic – like the staggered freeze-framing of the explosion in Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point (1970). Such a sense of this fractured cinematic process of delay and acceleration is typified in # 350, 1996, its color seeming to expand, both floating and falling in and across the painted surface."