MALTA (WIFR) -- The Kishwaukee College Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition of the works of Michael Reedy, titled Recent Works.
The exhibition will run through April 8. Gallery hours for the spring semester are Mondays, 1 – 5:00p.m.; Tuesdays, 11:00 - 9:00p.m.; Wednesdays, noon – 9:00p.m.; Thursdays, 11:00a.m. – 6:00p.m.; and Fridays, 1 – 3:00p.m.
There will be an Artists’ Reception on Wednesday, March 2 from 4 – 6:00p.m. in the Gallery. The Kishwaukee College Art Gallery and the Artists’ Reception are free and open to the public.
Michael Reedy holds a MFA in Painting from Northern Illinois University; a BA, cum laude, from North Central College; and an Associate of Arts from the College of DuPage. He is an Associate Professor at Eastern Michigan University where he teaches drawing. His work has been widely exhibited across the U.S. in a variety of local, regional, and international exhibitions; recognized with numerous awards; and can be viewed in many notable private and institutional collections, including Clatsop Community College, Minot State University, Shippensburg University, and the Hoffman Trust National Collection in association with the San Diego Art Institute.
Reedy said of Recent Works, “My current work is split between two slowly converging set of interests: fringe images of the body, such as medical imaging and cartooning, and the body as spectacle.” The works in the exhibition are a combination of medical imaging and traditional portraiture with the introduction of anatomical and cartoon-based imagery in the negative spaces beyond the central figures. He said, “In these works the references to the open body have been used to address the dark voyeurism and role of spectacle that have taken center stage in popular culture.”
He has taken this philosophy in his works to further exemplify the current culture of spectacle by employing 3D in his works, using a variety of digital tools. Recent Works has one of his 3D works included in the exhibition. He explained, “Not only does this tap into our current preoccupation with all things 3D, but also serves as a perfect foil to distract the viewer from any moral questions the imagery might raise. Ultimately, by wrapping the event in a veil of superficial charm, I hope to more fully and aggressively tap in to and examine the vein of spectacle embodied in contemporary culture.”