Shelley Reed

Shelley Reed Press: At the Bundy Modern, Shelley Reed and Randal Thurston Explore History and Memory in Black and White, November 16, 2022 - Pamela Polston

At the Bundy Modern, Shelley Reed and Randal Thurston Explore History and Memory in Black and White

November 16, 2022 - Pamela Polston

In Randal Thurston's cutouts and Shelley Reed's paintings, a viewer can appreciate both striking beauty and something much deeper. Thurston creates "imagery associated with the idea of mortality as a way of exploring what it means to be alive," according to his artist statement. Reed writes that she is addressing "how our animal natures have or haven't changed, and what that signifies for our collective future."

Download Article (PDF)
Shelley Reed Press: The Gravity of Beauty, November 16, 2022 - Cynthia Nourse Thompson

The Gravity of Beauty

November 16, 2022 - Cynthia Nourse Thompson

 The Gravity of Beauty, a group show at the Zuckerman Museum of Art in Kennesaw, Georgia, featuring artist Shelley Reed

Download Article (PDF)

Visualizations of Contemporary Paranoia: Shelley Reed’s A Curious Nature

June 8, 2017 - Candice Bancheri

"Digesting Shelley Reed’s paintings felt a lot like discovering that tick on the back of your leg hours after a jaunt through the woods. With the utmost conviction, the tick quietly clung to its chosen host, fastened itself within the layers of fleshy epidermis, and fed until its swollen body pulsed with excess. Fortunately, Reed’s paintings do not carry Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever. However, they infect the viewer with something much more revealing of its source and equally uncomfortable to contract. Contextualized by the looming crescendo of the information age, Reed’s exhibited work at the Fitchburg Art Museum begged the question: are curiosity and paranoia two sides of the same coin?"

Read More >> Download Article (PDF)

Artsy: Never-Ending Painting: An Interview with Shelley Reed

June 7, 2016 - Amy Rahn, Artsy

"Artist Shelley Reed excerpts small details from Old Master paintings, expanding and re-contextualizing them in her often large-scale black and white paintings. On a recent sunny morning in Brooklyn, Amy Rahn spoke with the artist about the origins and intentions behind her work, the time-traveling potential of representation, and her current exhibition at Sears-Peyton Gallery."

Read More >> Download Article (PDF)

Columbia Museum hosts show of allegorical paintings

July 18, 2014 - Aiken Standard

"“I spend a lot of time in libraries looking at old art books,” admits the artist. “Right now I’m looking at painters from the late 1600s, who are documenting life around them.” Reed takes inspiration from that time period by appropriating images from those paintings and recombining them in an effort to connect to a contemporary audience the way that artists like De Hondecoeter and Snyders spoke to theirs."

Read More >> Download Article (PDF)