Over the Influence is pleased to present Caris Reid, Too Much to Dream, a solo exhibition of new paintings on linen and panel.
Named after a psychedelic rock song from the 60s by the Electric Prunes, Too Much to Dream is about entering in and out of the dream realm and the gap between what is and what could be. It’s about escapism and desire and is full of hypnotic flowers, penetrating eyes, sad birds, and hopeful clouds.
Caris Reid’s paintings are a clever and whimsical series of conundrums that the artist cloaks in a guise of approachable subject matter, brilliant palette, and crisply painted surfaces. The familiarity of the subjects is intentional, allowing the works to inform themselves and inviting a literal interpretation or a very symbolic one.
Caris Reid (B. 1983, Washington, D.C., US). Her work is a symbolic world of blooming flowers, floating lips and penetrating stares. Influenced by her interest in Tarot and Hypnosis, the paintings feel both familiar and mysterious, every detail is coded and ripe with meaning.
Reid has shown her paintings in solo exhibitions at Denny Dimin Gallery in New York and Ochi Projects in Los Angeles as well as exhibiting in two person shows with Elise Ferguson at Monya Rowe Gallery, with Amanda Valdez at Denny Dimin Gallery in New York and Cicuit12 Gallery in Dallas. Her work has been exhibited at the Untitled Art Fair in Miami and The Spring Break Art Fair in both New York and Los Angeles. Caris has led painting and meditation workshops at The Palm Springs Museum of Art. She’s been included in group exhibitions at Sargents Daughters New York, Longhouse Projects New York, O-O Los Angeles, SEASON Seattle, Ochi Gallery Idaho, and The National Arts Club, New York. In 2016 she completed a 40 foot mural in downtown Los Angeles titled Grace and Grit. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, The Observer, Artsy, Vogue Japan, Vogue Mexico, W Magazine, Architectural Digest, Forbes Magazine, LALA magazine and The New York Times among others.