Name: Michael Rees
Country of Origin: US
Michael Rees is an American sculptor and artist whose works are known for their combination of performance, interactive computing, digital modeling, animation and video.
“I’ve developed a sculptural practice that weaves experiences together in a contemplative mélange against the backdrop of the complexity of contemporary life. My work deals with the nature of things, philosophical and otherwise, in contrast to the absurdity and beauty of life. These forms coalesce around thoughts and actions — each an ephemeral construct. The work takes place within dimensional space. My subjects are the incongruent spaces of computer representation, the collision of utopian technologies, plus animals and insects commensal with humans” (Nerman Museum).
Rees was born in Kansas City, and earned his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from Yale. He has gained considerable recognition for his use of digital media in sculpture, and his work has been exhibited around the world, including at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City and the Whitney Museum in New York. He has also received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts, among others.