Ditch Projects is pleased to present Chicago Chocolate Tour,
a group show of work by Ken Fandell, Scott Reeder and Tyson Reeder, featuring drawings,
video and photography at Fourteen30 Contemporary’s satellite space, @ 937 in Portland, Oregon.

937 NW Glisan Street, Portland, Oregon
Gallery hours on Saturdays, 12 – 5PM or by appointment
Preview event on Wednesday, June 1, 6 – 10PM
Opening event on Thursday, June 2, 6 – 10PM
Open through June 25.

The thread connecting the work by these three Chicago-based artists can be found in their wry and unexpected juxtapositions of the frivolous and the serious, resulting in a kind of deep humor. Their work is characterized by the collision of a seemingly off hand application and the touchingly profound.

Ken Fandell’ sculptural, photographic and sound based work is best described as a kind of romantic conceptualism, exploring the space where the quotidian becomes the awesome. His work often employs a conflict of some sort (the grandiose vs. the inane, depicted via the image of a banana emphatically suspended against a stellar backdrop, for instance) in order to explore, via a drama-laced humor, heavy subjects such as infinity, control, and our physical limitations as humans.

Tyson Reeder’s quixotically expressive paintings and drawings are made with an alchemical mix of materials, ranging from sand and nail polish to oils and acrylics, often applied with unconventional tools such as plastic knives and forks, stencils, corduroy and even the artist’s nose. His approach is characterized by accident and invention, his canvases peppered with scumbly tennis shoes and populated by spectrally glowing keyboard players and their ilk, all rendered in a full range of painterly effects, from seemingly nonchalant scribbles to bold passages of the kind of intensely saturated colors one might find at home in a Bonnard or Matisse.

While Scott Reeder, Tyson’s brother, shares Tyson’s penchant for a broad pallet and a deft yet casual hand, his work often functions in more critical vein. Many of Scott’s works seem like satirical send-ups of familiar modernist tropes, but resist being simply pigeon holed as such. The defiantly complex, oddball quality of his paintings and drawings create a surprising mix or criticality and affection, work that is all at once funny and weirdly sad, ominous and touching. The Reeder brothers are also sometime musical, artistic and curatorial collaborators and their video work in this show is the only collaborative piece in the gallery.

Ken Fandell’s (American, b. 1971) work has been exhibited at numerous institutions such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. Recent solo exhibitions include Squares and Circles and Sex and Stardust at Donald Young Gallery, Chicago. He has also recently had an exhibition of works titled Palm Drawings at the Rena Sternberg Gallery in Glencoe, IL. Fandell is the recipient of Artadia and The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation awards and is Associate Professor of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently represented by the Tony Wright Gallery in Chicago. He has upcoming exhibits at The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Tyson Reeder (American, b. 1974) lives and works in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois. Solo shows include exhibitions at Jack Hanley Gallery, LA; Greener Pastures, Toronto and Black Dragon Society, LA. and the Green Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tyson Reeder has also exhibited widely in group exhibitions including shows at Gavin Brown's Enterprise, NY; Canada, NY; Angstrom Gallery, LA and Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen. He is an associate Professor of Painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently represented by Daniel Reich Gallery in New York, where he has an upcoming show in July.

Scott Reeder (American, b. 1972) has had recent solo exhibition at the Luce Gallery in Turin Italy, Daniel Reich Gallery in New York and the Green Gallery in Milwaukee Wisconsin. His work was recently included in Pretty Ugly at Gavin Brown’s enterprise and in Constellations at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Chicago. He has an upcoming solo shows at the Art Since the Summer of ’69 gallery in New York; the MCA in Chicago and will be featured in the upcoming group exhibition Abstract America at the Saatchi Gallery. He is an associate Professor of Painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently represented by Daniel Reich Gallery in New York.

(Scott and Tyson Reeder have an ongoing curatorial practice that began in 2002 with the opening of their own storefront gallery in Milwaukee; General Store. General Store went on to curate the legendary Drunk vs. Stoned exhibitions at Gavin Brown's enterprise, as well as the Early Show at White Columns in New York. Scott and Tyson are also members of Milwaukee International, a five person collective responsible for the Milwaukee International Art Fair, hosted at a Polish beer hall/bowling alley in Milwaukee, and the Dark Fair at the Swiss Institute in NY in 2008. In Spring 2009 they helped bring the Dark Fair to Cologne, Germany, at the Kölnischer Kunstverein and are working on the upcoming Ice Fair on a frozen lake in Winnipeg. Scott and Tyson and Scott’s wife Elysia Borowy currently run a comedy/performance space in Chicago called Club Nutz (the world’s smallest comedy club). The Reeder’s projects have been reviewed in The New York Times, Artforum, Art News, Art Review, Frieze, Flash Art, and the Village Voice.)

About @ 937

Fourteen30 Contemporary, with generous support from 937 Condominiums and New & Neville Real Estate Services, presents six months of programming at 937 NW Glisan, in Portland. Our goal is to connect a larger Portland audience to the vibrancy of visual and performing arts happening outside of the Pearl District.