The Ouroboros (2019), Bronze
Joshua D's Wall (Section, 2019), Murano Glass
Michael Petry is showing his glass piece 'The Pool of Narcissus' at the 2019 Joshua Treenial until the 10th of May.
The Joshua Treenial is a weekend of art, installations, performances and community building which highlight all that Joshua Tree inspires and makes possible. The Joshua Treenial is produced by BoxoPROJECTS.
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Selected Past Solo Exhibitions
Lest We Forget the Gods
Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, California
For his paintings Petry suspended bladders of paint in front of the white canvases and then fired arrows into them, bursting the paint onto the surface. The paintings are at once a document of the action of their creation as well as painterly objects in themselves that speak to a history of painting.
A History of Thunder
The Fine Art Society
Joshua D’s Wall is placed directly on the floor, as if a glass wall has fallen over. On the surrounding walls will be works from the Fine Art Society’s collection of paintings, drawings, and prints from artists working in the period of the First and Second World War. These will be accompanied by photographs of soldiers in Petry’s collection of WWI memorabilia.
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Louisiana Tech University, School of Design
Hiram Butler Gallery
The Kali necklace references the Hindu goddess known as the destroyer or the bringer of death and who is often called the black one. In Hindu creation myths she is the goddess who beheads humans. In beheading humans she slays their ego thus allowing them to be reincarnated with the hope of a better life and being a better person.
The Touch of the Oracle
Palm Springs Art Museum, California
The Touch of the Oracle features three monumental site-specific installations – Golden Rain, Joshua D’s Wall, and The Dilemma. These artworks provide an opportunity for audiences to experience installation-based conceptual artworks by Michael Petry, who draws inspiration from art history, mythology, and contemporary culture. Each distinct piece relates and interacts with the others and the visitors, creating an environment filled with sound and visual complexity
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
21/04/2018 - 02/09/2018
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Libation to Virgo (Aphrodite), 2017
silver glazed porcelain stars in the shape of the Virgo constellation.
Each star 13 cm in diameter by 2.5 cm (5” x 1”)
Overall dimensions variable
'WORKFLOW' was conceived as a succession, a panorama of more than 80 mainly contemporary artworks from 49 artists
Garden of Skin
Angus-Hughes Gallery, London
Petry showed his piece Libation to Apollo (24K gold leaf on acrylic) at GARDEN OF SKIN, a group show curated by artist Zachari Logan at at Angus-Hughes Gallery, Hackney.
1 st Biënnale Oosterhout, At the Foot of the Gods
Michael Petry’s new installation At the Foot of the Gods has been commissioned for the 1 st Biënnale Oosterhout. His work is made up of over 50 bronze casts of human toes that appear at first to have been broken off of Classical Greek sculptures. Their green (verdigris) colour has the look of ancient sculptures recovered from the sea, yet each one is a cast from someone in the arts or an athlete, as many such sculptures would have been. Each is identifiably unique. Losing the nose, toe, or thumb of a sculpture is one of the most common accidental changes to their appearance. Petry has scattered the bronzes on the stone floor in a Cloister recalling the story of Jason and his quest for the Golden Fleece, where dragon’s teeth became Spartoi (warriors). His work asks: who are the gods, did they make humans, or did we make them?
1 st Biënnale Oosterhout
September 16 - October 22, 2017
Official Collateral Event as part of the 56th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, 2015
Frontiers Reimagined, an official Biennale collateral event at the Palazzo Grimani, aims to "demonstrate the intellectual and aesthetic richness that can emerge in today's globalised art world when artists engage in intercultural dialogue"
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10 One-Night Stands: 27 May 2015
with Maciej Urbanek
New Encounters with Contemporary Art
An art one-night stand with Michael Petry.
Third in a series of 10 two-person shows. Maciej will be having them every week for ten weeks in his new space in Leyton/Clapton in East London.