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"Artificial Sculpture"
1999-11-19 until 2000-01-08
Forum for Contemporary Art
St. Louis, MO, USA United States of America

Artificial Sculpture, an exhibit featuring the cutting-edge work of Michael Rees, will open with an artist reception at the Forum for Contemporary Art (FCA) on Friday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. Rees has pioneered the development of high technology sculpture both in the United States and Europe, and Artificial Sculpture represents one of his most ambitious endeavors. The exhibition marks the public introduction of the Sculptural User Interface®, an interactive computer program developed by Rees and Kansas City artist and programmer Chirs Burnett. The Interface will allow viewers to access the components of each sculpture and develop their own models on computer.

Rees’ techniques forge the way into never-before-explored areas of sculpture. Through his work Rees confounds traditional limitations on image-making and the body’s representation, said Dana Self of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Rees begins his sculpting on computer with a CAD, computer aided design, program to produce rapid-prototype images. These digital images—after undergoing a commercial manufacturing process—produce the components of each sculpture. Rees assembles the manufactured components into tangible forms to complete his sculpting process. Viewers who participate in the hands-on Interface will work on computer, using Rees’ CAD images of body parts.

On a theoretical level, Rees said his FCA installation presents modular, rhizomatous structures that ‘grow’ additively and sequentially. Rees compares the biological growing process of a rhizome—a plant with a horizontal root system—to the Internet user’s growth of knowledge. The Internet presents information through hot links that are connected horizontally, like the roots of a rhizome. When users access information, they ‘grow’ knowledge on a rhizomic plane.

Rees is widely recognized for this analogy both in the in the technological sciences and in the arts. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America, Flash Art, World Art, Sculpture and New Art Examiner. His writing on art and the industrial process has been published in New Observation, Artbyte and Prototyping.

His work is included in such collections as the Whitney Museum of Art, New York, N.Y., and the Edelman Foundation, Luzerne, Switzerland, and has been the subject of solo exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. In October Rees will present a multi-media demonstration of his work before the French Senate in Paris, France, as part of an international symposium featuring computer sculpture. The Forum for Contemporary Art is a nonprofit museum dedicated to the presentation and exhibition of contemporary art in all forms—painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, video, photography and performance art. As a non-collecting museum, the Forum annually organizes eight to ten exhibitions that include publications and educational programs ranging from gallery talks, lectures and concerts, to its on-going urban youth program New Art in the Neighborhood. >

Rees’ techniques forge the way into never-before-explored areas of sculpture. Through his work Rees confounds traditional limitations on image-making and the body’s representation, said Dana Self of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Rees begins his sculpting on computer with a CAD, computer aided design, program to produce rapid-prototype images. These digital images—after undergoing a commercial manufacturing process—produce the components of each sculpture. Rees assembles the manufactured components into tangible forms to complete his sculpting process. Viewers who participate in the hands-on Interface will work on computer, using Rees’ CAD images of body parts.

On a theoretical level, Rees said his FCA installation presents modular, rhizomatous structures that ‘grow’ additively and sequentially. Rees compares the biological growing process of a rhizome—a plant with a horizontal root system—to the Internet user’s growth of knowledge. The Internet presents information through hot links that are connected horizontally, like the roots of a rhizome. When users access information, they ‘grow’ knowledge on a rhizomic plane.

Rees is widely recognized for this analogy both in the in the technological sciences and in the arts. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Art in America, Flash Art, World Art, Sculpture and New Art Examiner. His writing on art and the industrial process has been published in New Observation, Artbyte and Prototyping.

His work is included in such collections as the Whitney Museum of Art, New York, N.Y., and the Edelman Foundation, Luzerne, Switzerland, and has been the subject of solo exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. In October Rees will present a multi-media demonstration of his work before the French Senate in Paris, France, as part of an international symposium featuring computer sculpture. The Forum for Contemporary Art is a nonprofit museum dedicated to the presentation and exhibition of contemporary art in all forms—painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, video, photography and performance art. As a non-collecting museum, the Forum annually organizes eight to ten exhibitions that include publications and educational programs ranging from gallery talks, lectures and concerts, to its on-going urban youth program New Art in the Neighborhood.


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