View of “Scott Reeder,” 2014, 356 S. Mission Rd., Los Angeles. Photo: Joshua White.

MOON DUST, the first feature-length film by painter Scott Reeder, comes with no shortage of surprises. But the biggest surprise is that it is nearly done. Shot sporadically over the past eleven years, the project was slipped in between gallery exhibitions and a bevy of extracurricular events. Looking back on the process, Reeder gives the impression that the making of Moon Dust might well have stretched on indefinitely. Fortunately, an invitation to show at 356 S. Mission Rd. in Los Angeles this past winter prompted the artist to finish filming—and to make new paintings to display alongside his Minimalism-inspired movie sets, which evoke a kind of astral Marfa and circulate through and around the film’s space opera, staged in a démodé lunar hotel.

This wasn’t the first time Reeder has put Moon Dust in orbit around his expanded painting practice. At Gallery 400 in Chicago in

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