Sculpture Professor's Work Appears in Solo Exhibition
Mike Rea, assistant professor of sculpture in the NIU School of Art and Design, will have several of his works on display at a solo exhibition at the DeVos Art Museum at Northern Michigan University. The show is entitled MIKE REA: scenes of sights and sounds of scenes.
The press release for the exhibition states "Mike Rea has conflated the notions of working hard and playing hard for over a decade with his bombastic wooden sculptures. Replicated and reinvented moments of cinematic horror, science fiction, comedy and drama intermingle with memory to form bizarre personal narratives. Over the years, each uncanny conglomeration of familiar objects and themes has both thrilled and confounded audiences. The delight in the experience of Mike Rea’s vision is the balance between a feeling of understanding that is quickly replaced by new, surprising discoveries. Whether as conventional sculptures standing alone, or as props in interactive installations and performances, these often-massive objects reflect a culture of humor, violence, vulgarity, and sensitivity. This exhibition features several new works by Mike Rea, set across the gallery like individual scenes or movie sets, which run the gamut of his imagination and experience."
Mike received some really nice television coverage of his show - check it out here!
The opening reception is Friday, September 5, and the show runs through December 12.