Reed Weily is fascinated with nostalgia, obsolete technology and ephemera from the late 20th century. A self-taught artist, his influences include 1980s and 1990s popular culture, color television, cable television, music television, satellite television, PPV, ESPN, Nike, futurists, optimists, Bruce Leroy, Chris Knight and Pharrell.
Weily’s work is also informed by the decade he spent traveling in China. “Shanghai and Hong Kong are the most inspiring places on Earth. The skyline colors on the Bund and Victoria Harbor embody the vast and extraordinary capability of unleashed human potential. If you lose faith in humanity’s ability to reinvent itself and redefine the future, go to China.”
Weily is best known for his “humanoid” or “robot” collages made from internationally sourced vintage stickers. These sculptural, skull-like collages, are comprised of thousands of stickers, layered on top of one another to create dimension.
Wagner: What kind of artist do you consider yourself?
Reed: I consider myself a very lucky artist.
Wagner: Where can people typically find your art?
Reed: Station 16 Gallery in Montreal.
Wagner: If you wanted a reader to know one thing about you, what would it be?
Reed: I enjoy wearing pants, but shorts are good too.
Wagner: If you wanted a reader to know one thing about your art, what would it be?
Reed: I feel very fortunate to be an artist. It is not something I ever expected to be, but it makes me incredibly happy to connect with people through my artwork.
Wagner: What is it like to see your art on skis?
Reed: It is incredibly flattering and fun. I am very grateful.
Wagner: Do you have a favorite from the four we put together?
Reed: The red and white “combustible” skis are probably my favorite, but I love them all.
Wagner: Are you a skier?
Reed: I started skiing when I was 2 years old, but I blew out both of my knees, so I don’t ski as much anymore.
Wagner: What’s your favorite place to ski?
Reed: I lived in Vail for 7 years and grew up skiing there, so Vail is probably my favorite place to ski.
Wagner: Any last thoughts or information about you or your art we should know?
Reed: I am super honored to be a part of this project, and can’t wait to see the show!
Check out more of Reed’s art via his Instagram at @reedweily.