Sunday, July 6, 2008

Mike Rea and his wooden sculptures

Mike Rea and His Wooden Sculpture

Mike Rea and His Wooden Sculpture

Mike Rea and His Wooden Sculpture

Mike Rea and His Wooden Sculpture

Mike Rea and His Wooden Sculpture

Mike Rea and His Wooden Sculpture

Mike Rea and His Wooden Sculpture

Mike Rea and His Wooden Sculpture

Mike Rea and His Wooden Sculpture
Written by Ryan Christian

Throughout my formative days in school I eventually decided that almost everyone is pretty willy nilly in the wood shop. Maybe my generation has phobia of power tools to some extent or a larger ratio of us are mega sensitive to saw dust. It could have been a geographical concern, but I didn't think that the case either being that I was in rural Illinois. The tightest thing I had even seen made out of wood was maybe a big tree, or a really fancy birdhouse, or the structure of a swanky home being built. There wasn't anything interesting and wooden in my life.

Then back in 2006, I go to this Mike Rea guys opening at the Butcher Shop/ Dogmatic Gallery in Chicago. The space (a very large one) was jam packed with these, super elaborate, grandiose, all wooden sculptures. I had never been immediately engaged by work like that before upon entering a gallery, it was more like walking in to a theme park than an art show.

Since then he has continued to artistically push it to the limit and top himself over and over again. I even saw him eat a bacon cheddar burger pretzel dog once, that's ambition.
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