CUE is pleased to present referrals, a solo exhibition by New York-based artist Mike Metz, generously curated by critic and art historian Joseph Masheck.
Through a diverse artistic practice, Metz engages the possibilities of language and the complex relationship between the visible and the verbal. His forms are ambiguous, deliberately occupying a grey area of identification—a sort of threedimensional play with the famous optical illusion, the duck-rabbit. The titles of the works encourage viewers to consider these objects as having more than any single, definitive signifier, and as curator Joseph Masheck writes, “having two or more ‘things’ cancel one another by coexistence in material extent and space makes at once for abstraction and linguistic concreteness.”
Works on view include sculptural objects made from bronze, aluminum, copper, steel, and Styrofoam, and banners using canvas, paper, and vinyl.
Metz has exhibited his work in the United States and internationally, including Snared-trapped and concealed, T-space, Rhinebeck, NY (2011); Venice Wall (What is Intellect?) at the 52nd Venice Biennale, curated by Gavin Wade, Venice (2007); City Art: New York’s Percent for Art Program, The Center for Architecture, New York, NY (2005); and Strike, curated by Gavin Wade, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, London (2002). This marks his first solo exhibition in New York City since 1995.