michael rees

Clown Town EXTENDED

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EXTENDED
open Saturday 11.26 from 12p-5p
open Saturday 12.3 from 11a-5p
open by appointment from 11.25.16-12.216
please call 6462719898

Clown Town Press Release

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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.

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Murmuration Festival

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information about this event
http://murmurationfest.com/lineup/arts-ability-to-predict/
information about the sculpture
http://murmurationfest.com/art-at-murmuration/

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. 

 

Panel Discussion Innovative Public Art Project

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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.

 

link to recording of the panel  my talk begins at 55 minutes. with a question and answer towards the end.

link to recording of the panel 

my talk begins at 55 minutes. with a question and answer towards the end.

Lecture at Florida State University November 21

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Live in Tallahasse or know someone who does, pleae share.

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

FAR Gallery

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.

Converge: Ghraib Bag on Broadway between 58 and 59

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Converge: Ghraib Bag is included in the Museum of Art & Design's Out of Hand: Materializing the Post Digital, curated by Ron Labacco. Two of my works are included in the exhibition: Converge:  Ghraib Bag, a sculpture and animation from 2008, and a collaborative piece with Robert Gero called Intervening Phenomena which was part of our Tactical Play Exchange Series from 2012-13.  Viewers are encourages to use their smart phones to see the animation for the exhbition. A local QR TAG takes them to the animation (click here)  or by typing http://www.thwack.tv. These works will be up until April 17, 2014.

Converge: Ghraib Bag is included in the Museum of Art & Design's Out of Hand: Materializing the Post Digital, curated by Ron Labacco. Two of my works are included in the exhibition: Converge:  Ghraib Bag, a sculpture and animation from 2008, and a collaborative piece with Robert Gero called Intervening Phenomena which was part of our Tactical Play Exchange Series from 2012-13. 

Viewers are encourages to use their smart phones to see the animation for the exhbition. A local QR TAG takes them to the animation (click here)  or by typing http://www.thwack.tv. These works will be up until April 17, 2014.

New Yorker Covers Intervening Phenomena

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  In Review of Out of Hand, the New Yorker covers Intervening Phenomena. click to link A Canadian-born artist, Robert Gero, pointed to a contraption he built with Michael Rees, which they call “Intervening Phenomena.” It looked a bit like a white umbrella that had been destroyed by a barreling gust of wind, and then positioned upright on a platform. Gero said that he and Rees are working with “tactical play exchange.” The white geometric umbrella top was actually the floor plan of a gallery, manipulated into a different shape, and made into a sculpture. “In a network, things get twisted, modified,” Gero explained. On one side were projected images from the opening scene of the 1961 film “Last Year at Marienbad.” Gero said, “It’s all about iteration.”  - Betsy Morais Architectural Record  mentions Converge click to link

 

In Review of Out of Hand, the New Yorker covers Intervening Phenomena.

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A Canadian-born artist, Robert Gero, pointed to a contraption he built with Michael Rees, which they call “Intervening Phenomena.” It looked a bit like a white umbrella that had been destroyed by a barreling gust of wind, and then positioned upright on a platform. Gero said that he and Rees are working with “tactical play exchange.” The white geometric umbrella top was actually the floor plan of a gallery, manipulated into a different shape, and made into a sculpture. “In a network, things get twisted, modified,” Gero explained. On one side were projected images from the opening scene of the 1961 film “Last Year at Marienbad.” Gero said, “It’s all about iteration.”

 - Betsy Morais

Architectural Record  mentions Converge

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Doing and Undergoing at Teacher's College

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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. 

 

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gramalazzo, garfagnana, tuscany, italy: robots

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I was an artist in residence with Innovazione Garfagnana and the Digital Stone Project carving stone on the other side of the mountains from Pietra Santa and Carrara in Gramalzzo. 

Participating in The C of O

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Detail of Parrott Parrott. The work on the left grows from a collaborative exchange with Chris Manzione.

Detail of Parrott Parrott. The work on the left grows from a collaborative exchange with Chris Manzione.

Press Release for the Cult of Orginality Show

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.

Parrot Parrot

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

 

interview with Vanessa Saraceno

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NY Arts Magazine

In Conversation: 
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. 

Read the Interview click here

New Site New Look

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 This is the updated portfolio site for my work. How do you like it? click here

My Posterous site gets deleted when they shutter their service on April 30th.  The site is still available until then click here

In the meantime, this new blog service has much to recommend. I'm committed to the no muss no fuss ethos of the blog site. I can post information, pictures, movies, and they'll propagate to other places. This is a portfolio site but I maintain a blog site at tumblr  and the facebook, twitter thing too.

Mailing List? right here