Exhibiton Announcement

From: rees (x@michaelrees.com)
Date: Fri Mar 23 2001 - 06:59:21 EET

                                    michael rees to exhibit 4 sculptures
and 2 prints in the Bitstreams exhibit at the Whitney Museum of
American Art, New York, New York. The exhibit, curated by Lawrence
Rinder, will open on March 22, 2001 and continue at the museum until
June 10, 2001.

michael rees will also open a one person show at UCU on March 30, 2001
from 6-8p. The gallery is located at 507 West 24th St., New York, New
York, 10011, telephone 212 727 7575. Please join us!!

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from the catalogue:

"Nothing since the invention of photography has had a greater impact on
artistic practice than the emergence of digital technology. While
photography revolutionized the arts by superseding painting's claim to
represent the "real," digital technology has become the ultimate tool
for capturing the nuances of the "unreal". In digital media, all
information is reduced to binary code, a series of zeros and ones,
creating a dynamic arena in which images and objects can be melded,
morphed, or made to disappear. Artists have taken advantage of their
unprecedented control over sensation and information to produce works
that challenge our everyday perceptions of color, form, sound, space,
and time. Imbued with unsettling emotional and psychological states,
these works also reflect the pervasive sense of irreality that has come
to suffuse our everyday lives in this dawning digital age." --Lawrence
Rinder, Whitney Museum of American Art

re: michael rees

"Like genetic engineering experiments gone awry, Michael Rees' "spines"
are uncanny concoctions of various body parts (ears, uteri, etc.) and
unidentifiable organic appendages strung along highly detailed spinelike
forms. Each of these works was modeled on a computer using a CAD
program, and then transposed directly into physical form as a "rapid
prototype". Their stark, white surfaces and seamless anatomies suggest
objects that have never been touched by human hands, while the handmade
tables on which they rest evoke a physcial and metaphysical
precariousness tinged with Dr. Seussian whimsy. Rees has compared the
tables to various aspects of Hindu cosmic symbolism, from the sacred
architectural form of the stupa to the ascending order of energy centers
known as the chakras. Indeed, the term ajna, which Rees uses to identify
works from this series, is a Hindu term for the sixth chakra, which lies
between the eyes and which Rees associates with sex, sleep, and death."
--Lawrence Rinder, Whitney Museum of American Art

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