Opening to the public in June of 2018- June 2019 photo: Work in progress Xiamen, China
Opening celebration October 28th 2018
@ Grounds For Sculpture
Hamilton Township, New Jersey
Site and Para (Site)
Synthetic Cells is an n-dimensional sculptural project that uses augmented reality and inflatable vinyl sculptures to weave a rich melange around the collision of utopias and an updated 21rst century Chattaqua. Curated by Tom Moran, Rees also conceived of the exhibition as a para-site for artists working with augmented reality to create a show beside the site of the inflatable vinyl cubes. Grounds for Sculpture has invited guest curators Edward Winkelman and Murat Otrbozekov to curate the Para (Site) with 6 artists: Will Pappenheimer, Claudia Hart, Chris Manzione, Tamiko Thiel, Jacob Kudsk Steensen, John Craig Freeman.
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Clown Town is a comedic picaresque mediated through a sculptural interface. Each sculpture contains a juxtaposition of form, imagery, and augmented reality that plumbs some aspect of internet foolishness. The ludic tenor of the works in Clown Town points to anxious times and shifting definitions of the world around while a sense of fatalism and of powerlessness in the face of political and economic forces suffuses each work. The clowns in the exhibition are exposed through sculptural vignettes that Rees juggles the clown motif as an increasingly fitting, effective and well-used symbol for our unbelievable (incredulous, radically anxious, bombastic) times.Read More
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Are you attending Murmuration in St. Louis this weekend? Please see Michael Rees's contribution, a conversation with Laumeier Sculpture Park director Marilu Knode themed around “Does Art predict the future?"
Saturday 4:00pm on the Centene Stage
4320 Forest Park Ave #201, St. Louis, MO 63108
The Centene stage is located in a large tent on the Cortex parking lot. That is the address to the Cortex building. The parking lot is right by it
Also please see my collaboration with Vita Uruhimovitz in the Cortex surround. An image from one of the augments attendent to the sculpture, below.
check out this interesting show curated by Carolyn Henne. It includes work by Conrad Bakker, Joseph DeLappe, Joelle Dietrick and Owen Mundy, Judy Rushin, Julietta Cheung, and many others. The catalogue has essays by Carolyn Henne, Shane Aslan Selzer and Rob Duarte. Bravo!
Special thanks to Isabel and Scott Draves. I was part of an evening with Linda Lauro-Lazin, Matthew Epler, and Marco Dunarummo.
Panel discussing a public art project along Broadway in Sacremento, California which will be created and disseminated using augmented reality. The panel took place at the Center for Contemporary Art, Sacremento, California. with Rachel Clarke, Shelly Willis, Jose Carlos Casado, and Sabrina Ratte.
Michael Rees artist lecture
Free and open to the public
Thursday, November 21, 7:00PM
Florida State University, Fine Arts Building Room 249
Michael Rees, formLab’s inaugural Project Fellow, will be visiting FAR to work on a sculptural project relating to augmented reality. Rees is an artist working in themes of figuration, language, technology, and the social to weave a sculptural mélange. He is the recipient of numerous honors and grants, and his works are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and numerous private collections. Rees is Associate Professor of Sculpture and Digital Media, and Director of the Center for New Art at William Paterson University. For more information about his work, visit www.michaelrees.com.
FAR Exchanges: Interactions with SCAP and formLab
Opening Reception: November 22, 5-6:30PM
3216 Sessions Road
FAR Exchanges: Interactions with SCAP and formLab, is an exhibition featuring the creative output of the College of Visual Arts Theatre & Dance's Facility for Arts Research (FAR) in 2013. Over the past year, FAR's internal units—Small Craft Advisory Press (SCAP) and formLab—have hosted several local and national visiting artists, held numerous class interactions led by FAR Faculty in Residence, and organized our first FAR Listening Post sound art installation. Please join us for the opening reception on November 22, 5-6:30PM to view the work produced during these exciting interactions at our facility. Light refreshments will be served.
Driving Directions to FAR:
Sessions Road is approximately 0.7 miles north of I-10 Exit 199 (Monroe St). From North Monroe St, take a left on Sessions Road and continue 0.25 miles. FAR will be on the right. See it on google maps.
Um and Ah Shift Dewey is included in Doing and Undergoing, an exhibition curated by Robert Gero and Richard Jochum at Teacher's College, Columbia University.
from the Site:
Doing and Undergoing is an art exhibition at Teachers College, Columbia University celebrating its 125th year anniversary. From October 15th to December 15th, 2013 select artists present site-specific installations that reference the thoughts and wisdom of the American Philosopher John Dewey.
The exhibition is organized throughout the historic Teachers College building on 120th Street in New York City and enlightens the three core themes of Dewey’s foundational text “Art As Experience”. While “Experiential Inquiry” conveys the idea that the process of researching and finding meaning is transformative, “Experiment and Experience” opens new fields of experience through experimentation. Dewey’s third notion “Doing and Undergoing” stresses that only by doing as well as undergoing an experience, it becomes transformational.
The artworks selected for the exhibition reflect and sensitively engage the site as an educational structure and idea. The exhibition is accompanied by an interactive audio-video guide that provides behind-the-scenes insights and leads visitors through the structure of the college and its intriguing history.
Nancy Hightower writes here on the Putto Series:
The grotesque is often used as a synonym for all that is dark, obscene, bizarre, and even gruesome. That is a rather lazy definition for an aesthetic that robs us momentarily of our ability to rationalize and categorize things. The truly grotesque moves us more into a sense of mystery — into the world of things that are now given life and essence. We encounter such movement in the 3-D work of visual artist Michael Rees.
I'm in a show that opens soon. Its an art exhibition about originality issues "The C of O Show" (cult of originality) opens at Ramapo College on March 27 in the Kresge Gallery on campus. There will be an opening reception on March 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. Artist and curators' talks begin at 6 p.m. The exhibition continues through May 1.
"The C of O Show" has been co-curated by Director of the Art Galleries Sydney O. Jenkins and Hannah Craft Art Galleries Documentation Assistant. Included artists: Barbara Bloom, the artists' collaborative HANIMAL, Joshua Knoblick, Liza Lou, Israel Lund, Yoko Ono, Michael Rees, Stephanie Syjuco, Kehinde Wiley, and Hennessy Youngman.
2013Rees was invited by the curators to work with pieces from the Ramapo’s Bukstein Collection in combination with his own sculptures, some of which evolved from back and forth digital collaborations with Chris Manzione. The fabricated objects are made through various means: drawn, modeled, extruded, voxilized, clayed: each working through different states of mediation. The result is developed in situ, in conversation with the curators and in relationship with other artists in a semiotic fabric. The objects are at play as they are considered in relationship to one other. The final work reflects an action where objects are repeated, parroted, and changed as they are considered. This work furthers Rees's interest in a process which employs an iterative and generative technique, where objects are created through a network of relationships and can flip sculptural roles by adapting multiple positions and inferences.
From the piece top to bottom left to right
left to right top to bottom
1. H Trope 23a, plastiscene clay, 4"x6"x3", 2013 (with Chris Manzione htropecmmrcmmrmrmrmrcmmrmr)
2. S Master 6, painted pla, 6"x4"x4", 2013
3. S master 21 with frame animation, painted pla, 0:38' video,4"x9"x3"
4. H Trope 23, painted pla 8"x5"x3", 2013 (with Chris Manzione htropecmmrcmmrmrmrmrcmmrmr)
5. Chinese Figure with Monkeys (From the Buckstein Collection)
6. Parrott (From the Buckstein Collection)
7. S Master 8, painted polyurethane, 6"x3"x2", 2012
8. Parrott (From the Buckstein Collection)
9. Splinter, painted pla, 5.5"x7"x4", 2013
10. Irreconciled Fabrication, 7"x14"x4", 2013
11. double tree, painted polyurethane, 4"x5"x9", 2011
Game Theory: Michael Rees + Bradley Rubenstein
Bradley asks a series of questions and i try my best to avoid them. They interview was conducted over several months. I drove Bradley a little crazy with all the edits I continued to make.
NY Arts Magazine
Vanessa Saraceno Interviews Michael Rees and Robert Gero
Over the past year, Michael Rees and Robert Gero have created a series of artwork based on the strategical play of a particular gallery space and the hundreds of interactions it can produce. Tactical Play Exchange, their first collaborative project, was on view in New York at Pablo’s Birthday Gallery through May 5th. The show moved to Favorite Goods Gallery in Los Angeles, where it was reconfigured according to the new space on May 12th.
This constant-action project begins with the architectural elements constituting the exhibition space—modeled with 3D software in different times and places by the two artists. This to-and-fro movement between the two artists becomes a “networked ground of play” in which the physical quality of sculpture is transformed into an infinitely malleable architecture of relations.
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Bradley asks a series of questions and I try my hardest to avoid them. The interview was conducted over several months. I drove Bradley a little crazy with all the edits I continued to make. Here's the intro blurb!!
New York, Dec. 2012: Michael Rees is a New York artist. His first New York show at 303 opened in the early 90's. Then, as now, his work displays humor with a reflective conflation of the psychosomatic, the automatic source of language and its programmatic development. He has worked widely developing animation, sculpture, installation and interactive media. As of late his interest in the object grows through collaboration, humor and language examined through a collision of medias. Upcoming projects include a work for Out of Hand: Digital Fabrication in Art and Design at the Museum of Art and Design in New York. Bradley Rubenstein and Michael Rees were represented by Universal Concepts in New York and have collaborated on several projects and exhibitions together, most recently in an upcoming print edition through Rutgers University Print Department. This interview was conducted via email from March 2012 through December 2012.