Michael Dee: The Negative Stars
May 10, 2008 - June 20, 2008

Artist Biography
Michael Dee

MICHAEL PATRICK DEE

 

Born Pittsburgh, PA 1974

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

 

 

EDUCATION

2000         M.F.A. Kent State University, Kent, OH

1997         B.A. Art Education, Kent State University, Kent, OH

 

 

SOLO EXHIBTIIONS

2009         Melted Hearts and Deadly Force, Western Project, Culver City, CA

2008         The Negative Stars, Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH

2006          Bring it on Home, Kent State University, Kent, OH

                 Thick, Round, and Warm, Newman Popiashvili, NY

2005          Sometimes I Feel, Locust Projects, Miami, FL

2004          Starshaped, Post, Los Angeles, CA

2003          You've Heard It All Before, Suite 106, NY

2002          Precipitate Project, Gagosian Gallery, NY

                 The Floater, Suite 106, NY

2001          Forced Creativity, Pageant, Los Angeles, CA

2000          Acquiesce, Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH

1999          Niagara, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH

 


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2010          Michael Dee and Domokos Benczedi, Temporary space, Houston, TX

2008          Panapticon, Bank, Los Angeles, CA

                 Lust4Lace, LACE, Los Angeles, CA

                 Darkness Will Find You, Jail Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                 Lush, Salon Oblique, Los Angeles, CA

2007          Unhinged, A Friendly Place, Los Angeles, CA

2006          Drink, Fight, Fuck, Angela Hanley, Los Angeles, CA

                 Single Channel Video Show, Glendale College, Glendale, CA

                 Art on the Waterfront Festival, Angels Gate, San Pedro, CA        

2005          Peekskill Projects, Peekskill, NY

                 Post @ Post, Post, Los Angeles        

                 Video Show, Object Not Found, Monterey, Mexico

                 112 Mercer, Suite 106, NY

2004          Presence, Pterodactyl Dundee, Canada, NY

                 Mouth Breathers, Nurture Art, NY

                 Wiggly World, Produce Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2003          Sequel, Domestic Setting, Los Angeles, CA

                 The Midas Touch, Post Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                 Super Art, The Magori Room, Osaka, Japan

                 Pow!, Kunstvaret, Brooklyn, NY

                 Breathless, 608, San Francisco, CA

                 Perpetual Motion Roadshow, Pterodactyl Dundee, Blue Stockings, NY

                Metamorphose III, 17 e Recontres Video Art Plastique, Basse, Normandie

2002         We All Love..., The Mission, London, UK

                LA Freewaves, Los Angeles, CA

                Irrational Propositions, Post Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                Pomona Film Festival, Pomona, CA

                Wall Space, Miller Durazo, Los Angeles, CA

                The Home Show, * Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2001         Humid, The Moore Building, Miami, FL

                BKYN 2.0, Online Exhibition

                Video Streets, Downtown Art Projects, NY

               Monitor: Volume I, Gagosian Gallery, NY

               Bloodlines, Roberts and Tilton, Los Angeles, CA

               *, * Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2000        Cold Storage, Millworks Gallery/Icehouse, Akron, OH

1999        Graduate Exhibition, Kent State University, Kent, OH

               Student Annual, Kent State University, Kent, OH

1998        Outfit, New Sense Enterprises, Cleveland, OH

               Scope II, Artists Space, NY

               The Young and the Restless, Gallery 1,2, F,U, Akron, OH


ARTICLES AND REVIEWS

Michael Dee's Negative Stars' exhibit contemplates the vacant beauty of celebrity; by Dan Tranberg, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, May 18, 2008.

No Direction Home: 3 Artists Take Different Routes to LA; by Tulsa Kinney, Artillery, Summer 2007. (vol. 1 no. 6).

Weekend Update: Michael Dee(Review); by Walter Robinson, Artnet.com Magazine, January 23, 2006.

St. Anger: Drink, Fight, Fuck; by Emma Gray, Art Review, October 2006. (issue 04).

"Hero-Glyph" and Mike Dee at Post; by Shana Nys Dambrot, Artweek, February 2005(vol. 36)

The Mouth Breathers at Nurture Art; by Jon Elliot, Greenline, February 2004.

"Sequel" at Domestic Setting; by Kristina Newhouse, Artnet.com Magazine, April 17, 2003.

The White Devil and the Sonic Lady((Review); by Zachary Miner, Suite 106 Presents: March/April 2003.

Humid; by Ocana Damarys, Art Papers Magazine, March/April 2002.

Asterisk; by Eric Susyne, Zing Magazine, number 16, 2002.

Bloodlines; by Charong Chow, Zing Magazine, number 16, 2002.

Weekend Update: Michael Dee (Review); by Walter Robinson, Artnet.com Magazine, February 5, 2002.

The Floater, 2001(Review); by Skip Arnold, Suite 106 Presents: February/March 2002.

'Monitor: Volume 1', 'Susan Hiller Psi Girls'; by Holland Cotter, The New York Times, July 13, 2001.

Multiple Exposures: "Snapshot" at the Hammer, and Beyond; by Doug

Harvey, LA Weekly, June 22-28, 2001.

Analyzing the Media through Ringo; by Dan Tranberg, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, May 11, 2000.

A Starr is Born: Ringo Re-Examined; by Charles Yannopolous, Scene Magazine, May 25-31, 2000(vol. 31).

Michael Dee (Review); by Dan Tranberg, Dialogue, July-August, 2000

 

 


Press Releases
Michael Dee: The Negative Stars

MICHAEL DEE

 

The Negative Stars

 

May 10th – June 20th, 2008

 

SHAHEEN Modern and Contemporary Art is delighted to announce an exhibition of recent work by Los Angeles-based artist Michael Dee.  There will be an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, May 10th from 7–9:00 p.m.  The exhibition will continue through June 20th.

 

Michael Dee’s second solo exhibition at SHAHEEN (and first exhibition at the gallery since 2000), will focus on sculpture from an ongoing body of work entitled “Stars,” a related series of photo-based works entitled “Negative Stars,” and a single channel video work.  Fused from plastic whiskey tumblers, Dee’s variously sized and shaped ”Stars” seem truly weightless.  Translucent and multifaceted, organic and hard-edged, Dee’s prismatic, saccharine sweet objects derive from the artist’s ongoing interest in, and fascination with, the vacuousness of fame and celebrity.   Through material transformation and bodily association, the artist fashions enticing yet hollow objects that seduce, but offer little more than an empty vessel.  At the same time, when hit by spotlight, they imbibe a luminously chilly glow - reflecting and refracting light - complicating themselves and their environments, allowing themselves to transcend mere decoration.  For the “Negative Stars,” Dee parlays optical and physical qualities of the “Stars” into two-dimensional photo-based works.  Richly colored and lushly produced, these works reinforce the contradiction introduced in the “Stars,” striking a precarious balance between superficiality, depth and beauty.

 

Michael Dee moved from New York to Los Angeles in 2004.  He attended Kent State University and graduated with a BA in art education in 1997 and an MFA with a focus in sculpture in 2000. He has exhibited at Roberts and Tilton, Los Angeles (2001); Gagosian Gallery, New York (2002); Post, Los Angeles (2004); Newman Popiashvili, New York (2005); and Angela Hanley, Los Angeles (2006).  Dee’s work has been reviewed in Art Review, Art Papers, Zing Magazine, Artnet.com, Dialogue, Artillery, and Artweek.

 

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Michael Dee
Negative Star (rose), 2008
litejet print on fujiflex paper
32 x 48 inches

Michael Dee
Negative Star (cranberry), 2008
litejet print on fujiflex paper
32 x 48 inches


Michael Dee
Negative Star (dark blue), 2008
litejet print on fujiflex paper
32 x 48 inches

Michael Dee
Negative Star (dark purple), 2008
litejet print on fujiflex paper
32 x 48 inches


Michael Dee
Negative Star (orange), 2008
litejet print on fujiflex paper
32 x 48 inches

Michael Dee
Negative Star (green), 2008
litejet print on fujiflex paper
32 x 48 inches


Michael Dee
Negative Star (blue gray), 2008
litejet print on fujiflex paper
32 x 48 inches

Michael Dee
Cluster, 2008
polystyrene plastic
Dimensions Variable