Tyson Reeder, Chopper, 2014, mixed media on canvas, 52 × 71".

Tyson Reeder


Tyson Reeder, Chopper, 2014, mixed media on canvas, 52 × 71".

Pierre Bonnard once claimed that he would like to “arrive in front of the young painters of the year 2000 on the wings of a butterfly.” Had he done so, there’s a fair chance he would have presented himself to Tyson Reeder. Chopper (all works 2014), on view in Reeder’s recent show at Canada, is a cheerfully nostalgic painting of a motorcycle with a comically elongated front end, seen against a checkered backdrop of graphite and paint in yellow, mustard, and green over a lilac underpainting that summons the lysergic tiling of Bonnard’s Nude in the Bath, 1936–38. The French artist is one of the painters named in the press release as an influence, and though Reeder’s lines do not bend and waver around their subject as Bonnard’s do, his watery paints enjoyably fail to fill their designated grid squares, creating an impression of a tenuous provisionality that is reminiscent of the

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