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.
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