Michael Dee and the World of Bright, Shining, Every Day Terrors

On January 16, 2014 by Evan Senn

dee 3Michael Dee’s recent bodies of artwork shift and move seemingly independent from one another, but hover around the concepts of destruction, mortality and the dichotomy of chaos and order. With inspiration ranging from noise pop, aerospace technology, the forces of transonic phenomena and the detachment of psychological numbness, Dee has created a large body of unique and imaginative 2- and 3-D works.

In Some Candy Talking and the Sound of Speed, Dee will be exhibiting a new series of bold, saccharine sweet plastic sculptures, candy-coating the outer rim of the exhibition space. These glossy and curious sculptures will entice you, while Dee’s drawings and photographs explore the darker side of human creation and destruction through intensive studies of ballistic tests, supersonic jets, medicinal flowers and glass skulls.

Dee’s meticulous art practice borders on obsessive compulsive, and this unique and intelligent artist happily spends days, months and even years creating his insightful work. His fascination with technology and the human attraction to destruction has inspired his new series to explore the weaponry of our contemporary society, including jets, bullets, alcohol, drugs and even mental illness.dee 2

His glossy plastic creations have been haunting his practice for years, and as they push and pull at consumerism and sensuality in form, the massive abstract objects also gently touch on his fascination with powerlessness and organized chaos. “The clear plastic [material] was necessary to prove to the viewer that sculpture was just the surface and nothing else, maybe a triumph of slacker minimalism or maybe a cynical take on superficiality…”

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His drawings and photographs are more intense examinations of the unspoken relationship that manmade objects and natural objects have in common, and the destruction that we are drawn to in all of them. “The drawings are the psychologically numb space that some may never escape from.”

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An active musician and artist based in Los Angeles but hailing from the East Coast, Dee is inspired by a plethora of concepts, including the science of music, the intuitive responses to form and color, the complexity of the human psyche, identity, interaction and symbolism. Some Candy Talking and the Sound of Speed not only takes an intimate look at Dee’s subconscious but also explores relevant issues and concepts that plague our contemporary community.

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