Michael Rey, ‘Nassy Boum’, 2015, Office Baroque

About Michael Rey

Michael Rey’s wall-based artworks exist at the juncture between painting and sculpture, combining three-dimensional forms with painted surfaces. The works are built from oil plasticine using an experimental technique that produces a delicate, skin-like exterior. The holes in these otherwise seamless objects function as measures of space, reinforcing a sense of objectness by punctuating and piercing the artworks’ surfaces. Rey’s pieces exhibit a non-hierarchical relationship between color, shape, and surface in a manner similar to the minimalist art of Donald Judd and John McLaughlin. The wall works are born from Rey’s dreams and doodles; they begin as foreign shapes that evolve into signifiers of broader cultural contexts. Rey addresses the human tendency to seek meaning in everything, and calls attention to the mutability of images in a technological age.

American, b. 1979

Solo Shows

2015
2014
Cherry and Martin, 
Los Angeles,

Group Shows

2015
Brussels,
2014
Cherry and Martin, 
Los Angeles,