Michael Rey describes his artwork as drawing and sculptural wall works. He begins with a practice of automatic drawings—an open-ended method developed in the early 20th Century. “The drawing is a very intuitive process for me, I usually try to conjure up a shape from a blank page in my sketchbook,” Rey writes. “I make an effort to keep the process as spontaneous as possible.” This instinctive process results in objects that seem familiar, yet unrecognizable. Rey is interested in art as a place of tension and welcomes viewers’ psychological engagement with the work, whatever associations they may bring. He is interested in the human need to rationalize the inexplicable, the ability to ascribe features to abstraction. Rey writes, “Tactility is important in my work because it has a mesmerizing quality and phenomenological allure that is demanding of the viewer’s eye.” By design, Rey’s shapes can be seen as organic, mechanical, primordial, and futuristic at all once.
Michael Rey (b. 1979, Sarasota, FL) received his BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design (Sarasota, FL) in 2002 and his MFA from Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA) in 2008. Rey’s work will be featured in upcoming solo and group exhibitions at ZERO… (Milan, Italy) and PALFREY (London, UK). In 2021, Michael Rey's work was acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA). Rey's work has been included in recent solo and group exhibitions at such museums and galleries as Philip Martin Gallery (Los Angeles, CA); Fredrick R. Weisman Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA), Office Baroque (Brussels, Belgium), Lisson Gallery (London, UK), and the Swiss Institute of Contemporary Art (New York, NY). His work is in the collections of such museums as Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA), Weisman Art Museum (Minneapolis, MN), MoMCA Trento and Rovereto (Trento, Italy), Sabanci Museum (Istanbul, Turkey), ADN Collection (Bolzano, Italy), and Weisman Foundation (Los Angeles, CA). His work has been featured in numerous publications including T Magazine, Artribune, and Mousse Magazine. Rey lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.