Michael Rey “IBJECT” at Room East, New York
ROOM EAST opens its first exhibition of work by the Los Angeles-based artist Michael Rey. The works on view combine humor and curiosity; the results of which range from subtle similarity to radical difference. “IBJECT,” the title of the exhibition, is a neologism that refers to the artist’s interest in a hybrid medium:
“Like sculptures, my works have three dimensions with a bodily presence. Like paintings, they have surfaces that function as compositional planes. They are hybrids. They can be thought of as existing in the interstices of painting and sculpture.
The wall works begin in my dreams and drawings. I lie in bed and doodle forms. I restrict myself from familiar shapes that are tethered to conventional meanings. My shapes are foreign, maybe alien. They emerge as something unrecognizable, and only later do I give them titles.
To make these forms, I work oil plasticine into the surfaces to create a ground. The choice of this material began as an experiment, but continues to reflect my personal anxieties about finitude. The fragile quality of the result is like skin, a delicate, vulnerable organ. The holes stand in as orifices, points, or measures of space.
I have a romantic notion that these works are autonomous, that they resist the pull of being defined by painting as it exists. Each shape and color combination is part of a visual lexicon, a succession of forms that push for a new language.”
until 25 May 2014
Above – PRE, 2014
Q noise, 2014
Picky Picky, 2013
Michael Rey, “IBJECT” installation views at Room East, New York, 2014
Courtesy: Room East, New York