The Word is Art
A new publication authored by Michael Petry
Published by Thames & Hudson on the 11th of October
There has been much scaremongering about the ‘death of the book’ and how, as words find new ways and means of transmission, people might gradually begin to shun writing. In the digital age, text becomes information, and information strives to become free. But what value can text hold in the sphere of visual art? How is such text different to poetry? Can the poetic itself be visual art, or is text in this context consigned to the realms of gimmick and catchphrase?
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Symposium: The Secret Life of Materials
November 26, 2018
The Secret Life of Materials is an international group exhibition that can be seen at two locations in Eindhoven: in the Beeldenstorm / Daglicht workshops and at Pennings Foundation. A considerable number of the works in the exhibition were realized in the Beeldenstorm / Daglicht workshops and are being presented for the first time.
A symposium will take place on the 26th of November as part of the exhibition at which Michael Petry will be speaking. The talk will cover the themes of Petry's publications The Art of Not Making: The New Artist, Artisan Relationship.
Michael Petry: In the Realm of the Gods
A solo exhibition at The Holburne Museum, Bath
October 20, 2017 – April 8, 2018
The Holburne Museum has invited Petry to make a new feature installation and to place two other pieces in relation to existing works in their collection.
The main installation called A Line Lives in the Past and the Future consists of a very large glass ley line (approximately 8 meters) that will run down the centre of the central gallery. The work, which looks as if it is Neolithic, is made up of 16 large sand cast pieces of glass – each unique, and made by Petry using his hands to dig out the form in the sand. Petry’s integrated works include his Libation to Virgo (Aphrodite), and one of hisperformance sculptural works from his MAP Unit series.
1 st Biënnale Oosterhout
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?
Petry will also enact his Libation to Eros performance on Saturday September 16. The work sees him shoot real arrows into a specially prepared wall while he tells the story of Eros god of Love and Desire.
1 st Biënnale Oosterhout
September 16 - October 22, 2017
The Book of the Word
The Book of the Word at Helsinki Contemporary acts as the beginning of a series of exhibitions which will tour across Europe, taking Michael Petry's upcoming book (2018) of the same name as their focus.
Helsinki Contemporary, Helsinki, Finland
9 June - 2 July, 2017
Michael Petry held a place on the jury at SMACH 2017, a biennial located in the Dolomites
“CONTRAST” is this year’s theme of SMACH. The etymology of the word contrast is tied to the verb to contrast and can be interpreted in various ways. In its most negative sense, the word refers to disagreement, argument, irreconcilability and dispute. In a figurative sense it can allude to a contrast or difference in colour, sound or again, a conflict of passions, reason and sentiment between dream and reality. Contrast also exists in literature, medicine and sport, and, finally, as a strictly technical term.
Stunning Donald Trump Commemoration Sculpture By Michael Petry Unveiled
Artist Michael Petry has created a small sculpture to commemorate a titanic event – the inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th President of the United States on 20 January 2017. Titled American Hercules it is both beautiful and irreverent at the same time.
THE FINE ART SOCIETY 1876-2016
6 JUNE - 7 JULY 2016
The Fine Art Society: A Celebration, a major group exhibition reflecting the gallery’s tastes and exhibiting history, past and present. Featuring a range of significant artists, the exhibition will take over all five floors of the Bond Street townhouse.
The exhibition is part of a carefully curated programme of exhibitions throughout 2016, celebrating the 140th anniversary of the gallery and the dedicated and innovative people who have populated its rooms, as well as reflecting the gallery’s prominence and connoisseurship in the history of the British art market.
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