Michael Rea Exhibit in Virginia

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Blog entry by Olaf Gradin posted 03-19-2008 03:49 PM 1337 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Beginning in April, Michael Rea's fantastic visions of unreality will be on display at the Contemporary Art Center in Virginia. I bring this dose of culture to the Lumberjocks because of Mr. Rea’s preferred medium of temporal materials – unfinished wood, for instance.

“Standing on the shoulders of other people’s dreams could perhaps be the most pathetic of all dreams. The intent of my work is to create something short of its outcome. My goal is to create the idea of an object that remains a dream. The objects I create are based on fictions, rather than realities. I have always been interested in the ephemeral worlds established in film, or even in popular culture. Fictions or established hearsay allow for a flawed interpretation, which leads to a flawed result. The sublime is unattainable, and not an option. I further amplify this experience by only using my memory to construct my images. Failure is imminent. I find humor allows me to enjoy this experience, and I in turn build humor into the worlds established by my work. I have chosen to depict these states with unfinished wood, and other materials which convey a sense of the temporal. I find the beauty in life lies in between moments. My work offers a sense of what could be and what could never be simultaneously.”

- Michael T. Rea

I live in northeast Georgia, but hope to make it up to Virginia for the show. It’s running from April 3rd through June 15th. Hope to see some of you there!

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#1 posted 03-19-2008 05:50 PM

Thanks for sharing this…entertaining. He’s also very talented…alot of cutting, crafting and designing in his projects. Some of my hopes for projects are headed in an artistic/social commentary direction…and finding others who work in wood with similar directions gives me a mental library of possibilities.

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#2 posted 03-24-2008 04:10 PM

Rea produces some great pieces, hope he shows his work a little closer to home though so I can check them out in person.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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