Bruno David Gallery is showing “Gone Fishing”, a visual conversional installation in the Window on Forsyth by Tom Reed. The exhibition is on view 24/7 at 7513 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, MO.
“Gone Fishing” is a project rooted in conversation and community. Once a week, during this exhibition Tom Reed will be in the gallery tying flies and holding in-person and virtual conversations with the fellow artists and practitioners, Rachel Finn, Corey Escoto, Fred Stivers, and James Prosek, to discuss their connection between the river and the studio and everything in between.
Over the last 15 years Tom Reed has dedicated a lot of time to the river and the pursuit of fly fishing and fly tying. This sport has a tight knit community. People who are dedicated to the art of both fishing and tying are as diverse as the day is long, Along the way he discovered a handful of artists who share in this obsession and have a developed a unique connection between the river and the studio.
The river is continually referred to in Reed’s work. Once a symbol of time and change in his paintings, it now has become a collaborative partner. Reed spends days and hours on the river fly fishing. Mementos of this time on the river, beaver chewed sticks, logs, arrowheads, and junk, slowly began making their way into the studio and eventually into the work. Over time they formed a bridge between the river and the creative output in his studio practice.
Tom Reed received his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa and has had several gallery and museum exhibitions, including at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Reed is an artist, master printer at Island Press, St. Louis, and senior lecturer in the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University in St. Louis. He lives and works in St. Louis, Missouri.