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  • Clown Town
    on September 22, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    by Michael ReesClown Town opens for 1 month on October 21 2016 from 6:00p to 8:00pm at Bravin Lee Programs, 526 west 26th street, suite 211, New York, New York. When looking at art many people are tempted to ask “what is this about?”  In Rees’ case the answer is “Who wants to come up on stage and let me guess what’s in your pocket?” Send in the clowns.  Every opinion has the same clown-nose shape form and weight and is equal to every other opinion no matter how scary or stupid.  This is the farcical neighborhood in Michael Rees’ Clown Town.  The exhibition includes big clown shoes, a shooting gallery that sculpts a sculpture, an inkwell monkey head with alternating sign that says “ Winner” then “Loser”, a man in a barrel suit and on.  Rees mines these ideas through a continuous thread of his elusive and ineffable Pynchonesque story telling. Clown Town, Michael Rees’s first show at Bravin Lee Programs, showcases 12 new sculptures in marble, plastic, plaster and aluminum. Each work is supplemented with photographs embedded with augmented reality technology, thus inviting audience interaction through a smart phone or tablet app. This augmented reality aspect adds layers of semiotic experiences to the sculptures and image triggers.  This exemplifies that while clowns often prompt uneasy laughter they are a manifestation of our need to test the limits of who we are. Michael Rees’s show is a light comedic picaresque mediated as a sculptural experience. Each sculpture contains an episodic juxtaposition of form, imagery, and augmented reality that plumbs some aspect of post internet foolishness. The ludic tenor of the works in Clown Town points to anxious times and to shifting definitions of the world around while a sense of fatalism and of powerlessness in the face of cosmic forces suffuses each work.  The various clowns in the exhibition are exposed through small vignettes. Rees takes the clown motif and juggles it as an increasingly fitting, effective and well-used symbol for our unbelievable times. This inescapable clownish aura of Michael Rees’s works is felt as variously exuberant, silly, incompetent, abject or grotesque. Clown Town looks into a post-sculptural condition stuck within a transformative trajectory that takes us from the existential to the artificial.  Rees transports the viewer through an ideational house of mirrors, deftly shuffling technologies, medias, images and characters while playing with one’s sense of the real.&nbs […]

  • cyberclays: Mobile Weather Station - by YURIY...
    on December 7, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    cyberclays: Mobile Weather Station - by YURIY ROMANYK mechanic love with drawing and rendering […]

  • Photo
    on November 27, 2014 at 1:23 am

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  • laughingsquid: Slow Motion Footage of Skater Christopher Chann...
    on September 18, 2014 at 2:51 am

    laughingsquid: Slow Motion Footage of Skater Christopher Chann Doing Tricks at Stoner Skate Plaza in Los Angeles oh, ah, eh, eek! […]

  • nyctaeus: Signs without Signification - Jeff...
    on September 16, 2014 at 4:50 am

    nyctaeus: Signs without Signification - Jeff Brouws asignification […]

  • Charlottesville, VA. This is a building development that was...
    on September 13, 2014 at 3:43 am

    Charlottesville, VA. This is a building development that was halted right in the middle. Out of money, bankrupt, city law suits, new players and so on. Local Artists did these posters proposing new uses for the building. On talking to more people there had been several other proposals: conversations growing on conversations, some serious, some not. While the project is definitely mired in local politics and financing, why wouldn’t there be some serious consideration to realize one of these projects? And invite new prospects too. […]

  • Grandmother Quilts Giant Penises, Becomes Our New Life Inspiration
    on September 12, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    Grandmother Quilts Giant Penises, Becomes Our New Life Inspiration: I’m just not sure what I think about this. The test is to switch the sex and see how you feel. For example what if the title is “Grandpa chain saw sculpts giant vulvas becomes our new life inspiration”. &nbs […]

  • fastcompany: Yes, probably. But ensuring that all your nudes...
    on September 2, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    fastcompany: Yes, probably. But ensuring that all your nudes and private information are protected is really goddamn complicated. Read More> The invented it and now they’ll fuck us with it! Why didn’t they figure this out ahead of time. Forget nude photos… the entire banking military entertainment complex runs on this. ITs kind of gaming question. If everyone is running on it no one will take it down…. or will they…. […]

  • rmanyc: Himalayan art #RubinMuseum para @thiagomartinsdemelo e...
    on September 2, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    rmanyc: Himalayan art #RubinMuseum para @thiagomartinsdemelo e @kaylinandres by rica_ok http://ift.tt/1qdA91n Thats exactly how I feel…. […]

  • This film about creativity is very dated but pertinent too. Its...
    on August 30, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    This film about creativity is very dated but pertinent too. Its some combination of goofy and serious. The real key is there’s a kind of openness here. […]

  • Werner Herzog on Creativity, Self-Reliance, Making a Living of What You Love, and How to Turn Your Ideas Into Reality | Brain Pickings
    on August 22, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Werner Herzog on Creativity, Self-Reliance, Making a Living of What You Love, and How to Turn Your Ideas Into Reality | Brain Pickings: Werner herzog dishes on his creative juices […]

  • scan scan scan, not quite a photograph, not quite a thing
    on August 22, 2014 at 4:13 am

    scan scan scan, not quite a photograph, not quite a thing […]

  • cars as scanners
    on August 22, 2014 at 4:11 am

    cars as scanners […]

  • darksilenceinsuburbia: Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou. Untitled...
    on July 23, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    darksilenceinsuburbia: Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou. Untitled (Vodou Series), 2011. Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou’s photographs of the people of Porto-Novo, Benin (formerly Republic of Dahomey) are drawn from street life, his friends, family and studio customers. Benin is all about colour – Porto Novo is like a visual assault.In Leonce’s impressive portraits, wild combinations of locally designed Dutch imported textiles create extreme gradations between background, foreground, person and clothing. Leonce is part of a generation experiencing rapid change and his photographs capture the energy and unfettered zest for life of a people caught between tradition and progress.      Via Spell casters […]

  • blackcontemporaryart: Boris Nzebo Born 1979, Port-Gentil,...
    on July 23, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    blackcontemporaryart: Boris Nzebo Born 1979, Port-Gentil, Gabon Wowza […]

  • Drones. Some fun facts to know and tell. 
    on July 18, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Drones. Some fun facts to know and tell.&nbs […]

  • hmmm… art  interlocutor trying to get into the mainstream...
    on July 18, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    hmmm… art  interlocutor trying to get into the mainstream with absurdist pose while the art cognoscenti go along. wonder how many episodes they’ll get through.&nbs […]

  • Some Stone Carving with machines and robots Innovazione...
    on July 18, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Some Stone Carving with machines and robots Innovazione Garfagnana, Gramolazzo Italy.&nbs […]

  • The theme of time and comedy are central to Abject Weather. That...
    on June 29, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    The theme of time and comedy are central to Abject Weather. That the sculpture repurposes the old forms of sculpture and labor with new technologies, or renovates old philosophies of representation with newer ones of presentation, time cast its shadow in myriad and subtle ways. It is conceived as a hardware software relationship in which the weather balloon and its imagery would change regularly based on the location of its installation while the sculpture stays located in an historical dialogue of figuration and abjection. The additional augmented reality piece further extends the memetic, temporal, and interactive aspect of the sculpture. It has presence and telepresence tempering the overbearing historical content with bad viral humor some train wreck of cultural tendencies. […]

  • 2014 Abject Weather
    on June 29, 2014 at 9:35 am

    The theme of time and comedy are central to Abject Weather. That the sculpture repurposes the old forms of sculpture and labor with new technologies, or renovates old philosophies of representation with newer ones of presentation, time cast its shadow in myriad and subtle ways. It is conceived as a hardware software relationship in which the weather balloon and its imagery would change regularly based on the location of its installation while the sculpture stays located in an historical dialogue of figuration and abjection. The additional augmented reality piece further extends the memetic, temporal, and interactive aspect of the sculpture. It has presence and telepresence tempering the overbearing historical content with bad viral humor some train wreck of cultural tendencies. […]