MAY | GHOSTS AND SHADOWS | Michael Reedy & Scott Tulay

by Daniel
Michael Reedy | Artist StatementThe delicate strands of silver hair that have started to populate my wife’s head most easily explain what motivates my work. At one moment, I find them incredibly beautiful, and celebrate the fact that I have had the opportunity to share my life with her, and in another moment, I am struck with my fear of growing older and eventually losing her. Everything eventually seems to revolve around this point-of-tension between beauty and despair, between living and dying. My hope has been, that by employing a range of pictorial conventions (medical illustration, pop art, classical nudes, etc.) I could blur the contentious boundaries between life and death, personhood and object, and the beautiful and the ugly; laying one on top of the others like a series of scripts that can be read simultaneously.

“But Prettier Than Ever” by Michael Reedy | Mixed Media on Paper | 39” x 48” | 2016

I enjoy the complex range of emotions that results, where beauty, love, pain, loss, and despair seem entwined and inseparable. However, it is our ability to persevere in light of this duality that motivates much of my work – and it should be stressed that I prefer to find the beauty in that silver hair. The characters that populate my work are only flirting with death – even the skeletons and skull portraits are very much living in my mind.

“Dust” & “Moonshine” (Diptych) by Michael Reedy | Mixed Media on Paper | Ea. 57” x 26” | 2016

Michael Reedy received his MFA in painting from Northern Illinois University in 2000 and his BA from North Central College in 1996. His work has been included in over 150 national and international exhibitions and can be viewed in numerous 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. Notable recent creative activities include solo exhibitions at The International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago, the Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center in Cincinnati, and Arch Enemy Arts in Philadelphia. Michael’s work was also recently on view at the Scope Art Fair during Miami Art Basel, and will be on view in May at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco. In addition, several of Michael’s works were included in the books Dark Inspirations II by Victionary Press and Anatomy Rocks by Cernunnos Press.

“La Guerre” by Michael Reedy | Mixed Media on Paper | 40” x 34” | 2016

Scott Tulay | Artist StatementMy background is the study of art history and the practice of architecture. Through my drawings, I investigate the ambiguity of space. Whether inspired by built form or natural context, my art is constructed by an armature of light. Light is engaged in defining space, which also possesses a transmission quality – movement of light in space. Prismatic and hurried light beckons the viewer to read the work cinematically. Conversely, a haunting, almost ghosting, sensation pervades other work where one can hear a silence of space. Atmosphere also pervades the drawings; it entwines and tugs at the objects. I feel the objects pushing at each other, pulling at the atmosphere, ready to fly apart, but all held in equilibrium.

“Shipwreck” by Scott Tulay | Ink, Charcoal & Graphite on Paper | 60” x 120” | 2016

“Vortex” by Scott Tulay | Ink, Charcoal, Graphite & Pastel on Paper | 30” x 40” | 2016

With a degree in Art History from Tufts University and a graduate degree from M.I.T. in Architecture, Scott Tulay has professionally focused on practicing architecture. His interest in investigating the boundaries of spatial relationships has led him back to fine art as a means of fulfilling this exploration. His artwork has been written about in national and international fine art journals and is in institutional and private collections in Europe and the United States.

“Skystair” (Diptych) by Scott Tulay | Ink, Charcoal, Graphite & Pastel on Paper | 40” x 60” | 2016

“Field” (Diptych) by Scott Tulay | Charcoal & Graphite on Paper | 40” x 60” | 2016

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