‘Oasis Odyssey’

Swedish artist has first U.S. show in Alamogordo


Lydia Emmanuel Productions is hosting an art exhibition by Stockholm based artist William Reed at the historic dome shaped building, at 1901 Tenth St., Alamogordo. The artist has spent the month of April in Alamogordo of creating the installation.

“Oasis Odyssey” marks William Reed’s inaugural exhibition in the United States. At the heart of the exhibition lies the concept of the oasis as a temporary sanctuary where disparate elements converge to find nourishment. In this context, it serves as a cultural oasis for its viewers, quenching their thirst for meaningful and irreverent artistic encounters and a contribution to the local art scene.

Reed, born in Lund Sweden, recently graduated from the master’s program of fine art at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm.

His artistic practice includes paintings, sculpture and installation, offering a multifaceted exploration of the synthetic nature of modern existence. Central to Reed’s work are the intersections of realms, from rampant consumption to the ecological crisis of climate change, impact of social media with cinematic and pop cultural narratives and art history. Reed confronts these challenges head-on, embodying both disorder and chaos, offering a glimpse into the chaos of our times while envisioning the potential for renewal and regeneration.

Through his diverse approach, environments are carefully constructed where elements of humor and occasionally horror with the vibrancy of ancient and contemporary mythology invite us to find beauty in destruction and seek harmony in the dissonance of our modern existence.

The opening reception is scheduled for 4-6 p.m. May 17. Exhibit hours are on weekends, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 18; noon-4 p.m. Sunday May 19; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 23; and noon-4 p.m. Sunday May 26. At 6 p.m., Friday, May 31 Reed will give a presentation about his work at Otero Artspace, 1118 Indiana Ave. in Alamogordo. For more information call 575-430-1306.

Swedish artist has first U.S. show in Alamogordo, ARTIST William Reed