The Middler is extremely pleased to announce the opening of its inaugural exhibition "Reseda Man", a show of works on paper by Los Angeles-based artist, musician and producer Zane Reynolds. Otherwise regarded for creating diverse electronic music under the name SFV Acid, Reynolds is a prolific visual artist, making drawings and paintings that explore a grotesque vision of life in California’s San Fernando Valley, where the artist grew up.
“Reseda Man” groups together drawings that span the multiple vantages Zane Reynolds occupies as both observer and character in these largely personal narratives. Often employing animated textual imagery and perversely rendered subjects, the drawings come to life through the artist’s obsessively detailed linework and his untrained, uncalculated compositions.
The textual drawings stand out graphically, referencing record covers, (of which Reynolds has designed many for SFV Acid), as well as comics, graffiti and the puerile scrawl of unhappy diaries and sketchbooks. Expressing a point of view at turns agitated and ambivalent, yet no less humorous, the drawings of “Reseda Man” navigate a maddening world of materiality and technology, cut with a musician’s sense of despair in a routinely disenchanting subculture.
It’s a happy occasion to bring these drawings to New York for the first time in a double debut: Reynolds’ first New York solo show, and the inaugural opening of The Middler, a summer long pop-up gallery in Apartment 3r at 423 Stanhope Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Following the exhibition’s opening on June 25th, "Reseda Man" will be on view by appointment only until its closing on July 30th.