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Michael Rees

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Lives in
New York

Works in
New York

Website

Representing galleries

Statement
Michael Rees' work traverses a wide range of activities and efforts. He is a New York Artist who’s been showing his work since the 1980’s. Rees’ work weaves complex narrative around process and object that are at times grotesque or cerebral, uncanny or experientially charged. He has shown at the Whitney Museum in the 1995 Biennial and again in 2001 in the exhibition BitStreams. In 2009 Rees opened Putto 4 over 4 sculpture and animation at the Zentrum fur Medien Kunst (ZKM) in Karlsruhe, Germany. This year he opened Tactical Play Exchange a collaboration with Robert Gero in New York (Pablo’s Birthday Gallery) and Los Angeles (Favorite Goods).  In 2008 Rees won a Rockefeller Renew Media Grant for the project Social Object: sculpture and software, and he has won a Creative Capital Gant and a National Endowment for the Arts Grant.
 
Michael Rees Biography
1976 - 1978   Vassar College, studied for 2 years with Alton Pickens.
1979 - 1982   Kansas City Art Institute, Bachelors of Fine Arts, Studied with Dale Eldred
1983 - 1984   Kunstakademie Dusseldorf as part of a Deutscher Akademischer Austauchdienst award. Awarded for study with Gunther Uecker and Joseph Beuys
1987 - 1989   Yale University, Masters of Fine Arts, studied with Vito Acconci, Frank Gehry and Claus Oldenburg, Alice Aycock, and others
Selected Exhibitions
2010   Michael Rees, Social Object, Chelsea Art Museum, Chelsea, New York, United States, curated by Koan Jeff Baysa and Nina Colosi (solo)
2009   Michael Rees: Model Behavior, Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, Texas, United States (solo)
2009   Putto 4 over 4, Zentrum fur Medien Kunst, Karlsruhe, Germany, curated by Peter Weibel, ongoing (solo)
2008   Converge: Ghraib Bag, at Art Omi, Ghent, New York, United States (solo)
2008   e-form, Mimetic Immersion and Activated Spectatorship in Virtual Sculpture, showing
2008   Tree Blob, The Beijing Today Art Museum, Beijing China and Duolon Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
2008   Make Tank, The Lab, 501 Lexington Avenue New York, New York, United States
2008   Prem McKeig, Robert Gero, Michael Rees, Matthew West, curated by Michael Rees
2008   Switcher Sex, Video Works and Photography from the Teutloff Collection, The Slought Foundation, curated by Aron Levy. Artists include: Matthew Barney, Tracy Emin, Diane Arbus, Alfredo Jaar, Nan Goldin, Andres Serrano, and others. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
2007   Converge, Sculpture and Animation, Art Omi, Ghent, New York, United States (solo)
2006   Putto 4 over 4 v2, Private collection, Greenwich, Connecticut, United States (solo)
2006   Converge, Sculpture and Animation, Art Omi, Ghent, New York, United States (solo)
2006   The Hedonistic Imperative, Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, TX, curated by Graham Guerra
2005   More Better Future, Rheineger Gallery, Cleveland institute of Art, Cleveland, Oh, curated by Saul Ostrow
2005   Unrelated, Artists' Space, Saratoga Springs, NY, curated by Peter Dudek
2005   Sculptural information, Exploratorium at the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, California, curated by Pam Winfrey
2005   Group Exhibition, Bitforms Gallery, Art Koln, Koln, Germany
2005   The Hedonistic Imperative, Jack the Pelican, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Graham Guerra
2005   Putto 2x2x2x4, Sculpture and Animation, Permanent Installation 12th Street between Broadway and Central, Kansas City, Mo (solo)
2005   Symbolic Logic, the Sculpture of Michael Rees, Panorama Art, Koln, West Germany (solo)
2005   Putto 4 over 4 (1/3) at the MARTa Museum curated by Jan Hoet. Herford, Germany (solo)
2005   Putto 4 over 4 (2/3) at the Decordova Museum, curated by George Fifield, Lincoln, MA (solo)
2005   bitforms Seoul, Korea
2005   Kemper Art Museum, Kansas City, public commission, sculpture/animation
2005   MARTa Museum, Herford Germany
2005   Putto 2x2x2x4, Sculpture and Animation, Permanent Installation 12th Street between Broadway and Central, Kansas City, Missouri, United States (solo)
2005   Acquired by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, United States
2005   Symbolic Logic, the Sculpture of Michael Rees, Panorama Art, Koln, West Germany
2004   Integrating the Digital Consciousness, Deborah Colton Gallery, Houston, TX
2004   Group Exhibition, Silver Mine Arts Space, New Canaan, CT
2004   Byte, Nassau County Museum
2004   Michael Rees @ the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Ct.
2004   Large and Moving @ The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Ct (solo)
2003   Sculpture: Large, Small, and Moving, Bitforms Gallery, New York, New York (solo)
2003   Sculpture: Large, Small, and Moving, bitforms Gallery, New York, New York
2003   2003 Consciousness and Process in the work of Michael Rees and Michael Somoroff”, K99, Kologne West Germany
2003   “Nown”: In the action of the animated person, place, thing, and quality, Woods Street Gallery, Pittsburgh.
2003   From Code to Commodity: Genetics in Visual Art, The New York Academy of Sciences. Curated by Dorothy Nelkin and Suzanne Anker
2003   Media Art, Daejeon-New York, Special Effects, Daejeon Municipal Museum of Art, Dae Jeon, South Korea, curated by Lawrence Rinder.
2003   Fetish Human Fantastic, Boursein Gallery, Istanbull Turkey, curated by Michelle Thursz.
2002   Project Room Gorney Bravin + Lee, New York, New York
2002   ten, Universal Concepts Unlimited, New York, New York
2002   Project Room Gorney Bravin + Lee, New York, New York (solo)
2002   ten, Universal Concepts Unlimited, New York, New York (solo)
2001   BitStreams, Whitney Museum of American Art New York
2001   Ten, Universal Concepts Limited New York
2001   Project Room, Gourney, Bravin & Lee New York
2000   Photasm, Hunter College New York
2000   NOISE, Kettle's Yard, Whipple Museum (History of Science) Cambridge U, England
1999   Digital Hybrids, McDonough Museum of Art Younstown, OH
1999   Artificial Sculpture (WYSIWIG), Forum For Contemporary Art St. Louis, MO
1999   InterSculpt, The City Hall of the 6th Arrondisement Paris, France
1999   Mind into Matter, The Computer Museum Boston, MA
1998   Pop Surrealism, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art Conneticut
1998   (re)Meditation: The Digital in Contemporary American Printmaking, University of South Florida Contemporary Art Mus Florida
1998   The Spatial Qualities of the Digital Print: from Printmaking to Sculpture, Calcografia Nacional Madrid, Spain
1998   New Surrealism, Pamela Achincloss Gallery New York
1998   Gallerie Simmone Stern New Orleans, LA
1998   From Ear to Ear, Central Fine Arts Inc. New York
1998   The Ecstatic Body, Grand Arts Kansas City, MO
1997   Digital Psyche, The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art & Design Kansas City, MO
1996   Imaginary Anatomy, Pasinger Fabrik Munich, Germany
1995   The 1995 Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art New York
1995   Summer Fling, Basilico Fine Art New York
1995   Home Noeticus, Basilico Fine Arts New York
1994   The Figure as Fiction, The Cincinnati Art Center Cincinnati, OH
1993   The Elusive Object: Recent Sculpture from the Permanent Collection of the Whitney Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art New York
1993   Basilico Fine Arts New York
1992   Tony Shafrazi Gallery New York
1991   303 Gallery New York
Recent Exhibits

Michael Rees participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2014 Faculty Exhibition 2014
University Galleries, William Paterson University
 
Sep, 2013 Faculty Exhibition
University Galleries, William Paterson University
 
Sep, 2013 Camp ArtSeen
Camp Navarro
 
Jun, 2013 Interactions and Paradoxical Structures
SCAD-Trois Gallery
 
Sep, 2012 Faculty Exhibition
University Galleries, William Paterson University
 
May, 2012 Tactical Play Exchange
Favorite Goods
 
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