Selected Past Solo Exhibitions
Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, Texas
The new glass mirror pieces by Michael Petry are a development from his Artist in Residency last year at Sir John Soane’s Museum, London. Soane used mirrors and glass throughout his home in many ways to evoke different states of mind and feeling. The museum is also undergoing a huge restoration project, as are many such 18th century buildings and many historic paintings. The idea of a continual state of restoration is at the core of Petry’s new works and applies not only to the objects but the self of the viewer in these disrupted mirrors.
Sir John Soane's Museum, London, Artist in Residence
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Bad Seed showed work was based on the difficult personal history of Sir John Soane and his innovative use of coloured glass and mirror in his home. It also referenced the Romantic elements of Soane’s
The biomorphic glass forms insinuated themselves into odd spaces in the Museum, seeping from corners of rooms, or the fireplace, or appeared as if they had dropped from the ceiling or crept in from outside. Some works were placed
upon items of furniture where their incongruous presence confronted the viewer. The Bad Seeds’ organic shapes ape the vapours said to inhabit haunted sites, the ectoplasm that solidifies into strange artefacts. While they responded to the physical architecture of the rooms they were placed in, they were not site-specific installations, but autonomous sculptures.
Touching the Neoclassical and the Romantic
Sir John Soane's Museum, London, Artist in Residence
For Touching the Neoclassical and the Romantic Petry exhibited
works from his Bare Back Lovers series of glass pieces that
fuse neoclassical silver forms with the organic, fluid qualities
of molten glass. Soane was interested in neo-classical silver
(as evidenced in his collection of Robert Adam drawings for
silver designs) as well as glass, which he innovatively used in
After the introduction of molten glass (a craft technique), each object became a unique sculptural artwork. The works were installed throughout the
museum and were placed in such a way to appear as if they
were part of Soane’s original collection of diverse objects
from across historical periods and of many materials.
IVY Restaurant, London
London’s Ivy Restaurant has long been a haunt for artists, actors and authors and has formed a collection of art works that are rotated throughout the owner’s seven other establishments.
The Network is a ceiling installation of 45 large pieces of hand blown glass, some with internal illumination. Each sphere with a light, like a major star at the Ivy, was connected to slightly smaller pieces creating a linked network of glass and black rope. The Network diagrams social interaction; one is linked to others by
degrees of separation, and as Hub theory predicts, there will always be those individuals, websites, cells in the body or any other network which will act as bottlenecks and distribution points for information.
America the Beautiful
America the Beautiful, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
Petry’s installation America the Beautiful, fills the Sundaram Tagore Gallery with red, white and blue, interventions, all terribly beautiful. Made of hand blown glass, sheets of leather (embroidered with real pearls), and hundreds of yards of knotted rope, they snake their way into the retina and beyond. They are proudly beautiful, they boast of their beauty and seductiveness, and to what cause? They investigate themselves, their setting and the new America. They strive to reclaim an America long thought dead, asleep or forgotten where the dignity of all is respected, where beauty is bright and reflects light into dark corners.
Selected Past Group Exhibitions
Artropocene: iBiennale MMXIX
Michael Petry presented MAP Unit at Artropocene: iBiennale MMXIX in Honalulu, Hawaii in March 2019.
Artropocene, the inaugural iBiennale, is an itinerant and island-based
art and culture biennial event presenting fifty-eight artists from seventeen
Michael Petry has made a series of MAP units employing a variety of media; glass, canvas and most notably with real freshwater pearls. These works are exactly the artist’s height. The pearl MAP units were strung on silk cord by jewellers to the British Crown with a traditional knot between each pearl. These works can be worn as a performance art piece (called Wearing Michael Petry’s Pearl Necklace) or installed as a measuring unit, being placed directly on the gallery walls or hung from the ceiling. His MAP Units measure the world according to his own dimensions, in his own likeness, as each viewer does the same.
Secret Charter is a fundraiser with a difference, an original and star-studded art sale to raise much needed funds for the arts at The Charter School North Dulwich.
Petry's postcard is from a recent series of word canvases that feature either the name of the god Eros, the god of love and desire or Apollo, the god of light - the arts and reason for the ancient Greeks. Each canvas is a libation to that god (an offering) and refers to historic offers of things of value (wine, perfume, olive oil) to the gods as well as contemporary offerings to current deities.
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Malevolent Eldritch Shrieking
Malevolent Eldritch Shrieking is a large diverse international salon-style multigenerational exhibition about painting (in some aspect) including Jan Albers, Sue Arrowsmith, Paul Barlow, Michael Bevilacqua, Juan Bolivar, Kate Bright, Ralf Broeg, John Chilver, Sacha Craddock, Michael Craig-Martin, Hansjoerg Dobliar, Marcel van Eeden, Tim Eitel, Machiko Edmondson, Gail Fitzgerald, Saul Fletcher, Torben Giehler, Lothar Goetz, Brian Griffiths, Terry Haggerty, Jane Harris, Gerard Hemsworth, Gregor Hildebrandt, Dale Holmes, Paul Housley, Tom Howse, Richard Jacobs, Ben Judd, Ben Kaufmann, Scott King, Richard Kirwan, Des Lawrence, Bob Matthews, Peter McDonald, Dawn Mellor, Nathaniel Mellors, Ryan Mosley, and Jost Münster.
Four Bits of Scarlet for George the Second
Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich, London
Four Bits of Scarlet for George the Second was part of a show
Borders and Identities curated by David Waterworth at the
Stephen Lawrence Gallery situated in the Old Royal Naval
College, which is now the University of Greenwich.
The installation consisted of four sets of two red glass orbs hanging
from original lighting lanterns in a line that directs the eye to
the centre of the quadrangle where a statue of George II
stands. He holds a round orb/globe in his hand representing
his rule across the world, which was brought about by his
men in scarlet - i.e. soldiers called ‘red coats’. George himself
wears the garb of a Roman Emperor, including a leather skirt.
His men were also called a ‘bit of scarlet’ in gay parlance,
as many offered their services to gentlemen to supplement
their meager or non-existent pay. The red glass balls are the
same size as the orb in George’s hand, but hang at the height
of his testicles. Self Portrait 2008 was placed inside the gallery. Two gold
mirrored glass orbs the same size as Petry own testicles were
suspended (at their height on his body) from the brass
chandelier. When the gallery door was open, this allowed a
view of the gold and red glass orbs to be seen together along
a perpendicular sight line.
Arcus Pride Art Exhibition 2019
Michael Petry has curated Clifford Chance's 13th annual Arcus Pride Art exhibition that celebrates global LGBT+ inclusion.
Petry adds: "For the 2019 London Pride show I wanted to show the diversity of work being made in the UK. To that end I have asked established as well as younger artists to contribute, including artists across the LGBTQ+ family. This show marks the first time we have exhibited a trans artist and a gender queer artist".
For more information visit www.cliffordchance.com/hubs/arcus-2019/annual-pride-art-exhibition-2019
Left: Gemma Marmalade
Below Left to Right: Adam Wilson Holmes, Emli Bendixen, Hannah Honeywill, Richard Sawdon Smith, Teo Robinson and Thierry Alexandre.
Marta Klonowska: Istota – Toyama Glass Art Museum, Japan
Michael Petry has written an essay 'Do You Hear The Dogs Barking? for Marta Klonowska's new publication which accompanies her exhibition at the Toyama Glass Art Museum.
Marta Klonowska’s works will be on display at the museum between April 27 and September 23, 2019.
The Istota exhibition presents a selection of sculptures from 2003 up to the present.
For more information visit Toyama Glass Art Museum’s website.
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Michael Petry's Libretto for Dove's Loophole from TAG will be performed in Los Angeles on the 4th and 5th of May, 2019.
Music: Germaine Franco
Great Opera & Film Choruses, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles.