Scott Reeder is interested in re-examining the everyday, in finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. He is engaged in an ongoing experiment to encourage reconsideration of images familiar and mundane. Reeder has created a quasi-video data bank comprised of a growing archive of video tape loops. Like files in an image bank, each tape records a unique image or set of images. For example, one tape consists of clips of predatory wild animals seeking prey; another is an extreme close-up of a computer-screen clock; a third is a series of images excerpted from film and television of people reading (or at least consulting texts). Each tape contains images not identical, but of the same grouping.
In his untitled video installation for Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Reeder juxtaposed three monitors, each playing found footage from his personal archive with images minimally altered to show the potential of familiar scenes: "Beeping Nature" plays on the first monitor (reading left to right), "Slow Newhart" (an episode of "The Bob Newhart Show" in slow-motion, accompanied by Chopin) plays on the center monitor, and "Afterlife" (which is silent) plays on the third monitor.
The soundtracks tend to offer a certain humming, Buddhist chanting quality to the images, while often having no apparent relationship whatsoever. These mixes create fluidity or melodic rhythms which might never be noticed/heard/picked up. In "Beeping Nature," idyllic images of bubbling brooks, dripping icicles, and sun-dappled leaves are accompanied by a metronomic, electronic, utterly "unnatural" beep.