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Michael Rey

10 February 24 March 2017

installation view Michael Rey
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2017

installation view Michael Rey
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2017

installation view Michael Rey
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2017

installation view Michael Rey
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2017

installation view Michael Rey
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2017

Michael Rey
VOLPKE, 2017
Oil on plasticine clay on panel
50,8 × 137,2 cm (20 × 54 inches)

Michael Rey
J-III, 2017
Oil on plasticine clay on panel
90,2 × 50,8 cm (35 1/2 × 20 inches)

Michael Rey
Jockte Lakid, 2017
Oil on plasticine clay on panel
154,9 × 62,2 cm (61 × 24 1/2 inches)

Michael Rey
Gaba-Stobbe, 2016
Oil on plasticine clay on panel
99,1 × 67,3 cm (39 × 26 1/2 inches)

Michael Rey
Elipzo-Bome, 2017
Oil on plasticine clay on panel
152,4 × 68,6 cm (60 × 27 inches)

Office Baroque is pleased to announce the second solo exhibition of Michael Rey at our midtown gallery on Ravensteinstraat 44 Rue Ravenstein.

Rey initiates the process of making his monochromes by carefully applying a layer of plasticine onto wood panels to create a ground for oil paint. The result has the delicate vulnerability of skin. In the new works, Rey’s attentiveness to surface articulation is further enhanced by furrowed radial lines that intimate the softness and substantiality of the impressionable top layer.

The works are solid yet ephemeral, immediate yet ultimately unknowable. Each shape and color combination is part of a visual lexicon. Asked to elaborate on the new work, Rey responded with a tongue-in-cheek taxonomy:
Jockte Lakid: A breath-filled sac at war with the brain. The currency of electrocuted trees.
Gaba-Stobbe: Humid and Obtuse.
J-III: The suspended state of the proletariat. A sugar-based badge of magic and power.
VOLPKE: A celestial blanket cast over bones and wet cement.
Elipzo-Bome:(Precambrian junkfood).

Michael Rey was born in Sarasota in 1979 and lives and works in Los Angeles. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Zero, Milan and Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles. His work has appeared in group exhibitions at James Fuentes Gallery, New York; Neuer Kunstverein Wien, Vienna; Herbert Gerisch-Stiftung, Neumünster; White Flag Projects, St. Louis; Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York and Lisson Gallery, London.

Sofia Silva, ‘Le tre mostre del mese: New York, Bruxelles, Aarau’, IL Idee & Lifestyle, February 2017