1999 Graduate Exhibition, Kent State University, Kent, OH
Student Annual, Kent State University, Kent, OH
1998 Outfit, New Sense Enterprises, Cleveland, OH
Scope II, Artists Space, NY
The Young and the Restless, Gallery 1,2, F,U, Akron, OH
ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
Michael Dee's Negative Stars' exhibit contemplates the vacant beauty of celebrity; by Dan Tranberg, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, May 18, 2008.
No Direction Home: 3 Artists Take Different Routes to LA; by Tulsa Kinney, Artillery, Summer 2007. (vol. 1 no. 6).
Weekend Update: Michael Dee(Review); by Walter Robinson, Artnet.com Magazine, January 23, 2006.
St. Anger: Drink, Fight, Fuck; by Emma Gray, Art Review, October 2006. (issue 04).
"Hero-Glyph" and Mike Dee at Post; by Shana Nys Dambrot, Artweek, February 2005(vol. 36)
The Mouth Breathers at Nurture Art; by Jon Elliot, Greenline, February 2004.
"Sequel" at Domestic Setting; by Kristina Newhouse, Artnet.com Magazine, April 17, 2003.
The White Devil and the Sonic Lady((Review); by Zachary Miner, Suite 106 Presents: March/April 2003.
Humid; by Ocana Damarys, Art Papers Magazine, March/April 2002.
Asterisk; by Eric Susyne, Zing Magazine, number 16, 2002.
Bloodlines; by Charong Chow, Zing Magazine, number 16, 2002.
Weekend Update: Michael Dee (Review); by Walter Robinson, Artnet.com Magazine, February 5, 2002.
The Floater, 2001(Review); by Skip Arnold, Suite 106 Presents: February/March 2002.
'Monitor: Volume 1', 'Susan Hiller Psi Girls'; by Holland Cotter, The New York Times, July 13, 2001.
Multiple Exposures: "Snapshot" at the Hammer, and Beyond; by Doug
Harvey, LA Weekly, June 22-28, 2001.
Analyzing the Media through Ringo; by Dan Tranberg, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, May 11, 2000.
A Starr is Born: Ringo Re-Examined; by Charles Yannopolous, Scene Magazine, May 25-31, 2000(vol. 31).
Michael Dee (Review); by Dan Tranberg, Dialogue, July-August, 2000
The Negative Stars
May 10th – June 20th, 2008
SHAHEEN Modern and Contemporary Art is delighted to announce an exhibition of recent work by Los Angeles-based artist Michael Dee.There will be an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, May 10th from 7–9:00 p.m.The exhibition will continue through June 20th.
Michael Dee’s second solo exhibition at SHAHEEN (and first exhibition at the gallery since 2000), will focus on sculpture from an ongoing body of work entitled “Stars,” a related series of photo-based works entitled “Negative Stars,” and a single channel video work.Fused from plastic whiskey tumblers, Dee’s variously sized and shaped ”Stars” seem truly weightless.Translucent and multifaceted, organic and hard-edged, Dee’s prismatic, saccharine sweet objects derive from the artist’s ongoing interest in, and fascination with, the vacuousness of fame and celebrity.Through material transformation and bodily association, the artist fashions enticing yet hollow objects that seduce, but offer little more than an empty vessel.At the same time, when hit by spotlight, they imbibe a luminously chilly glow - reflecting and refracting light - complicating themselves and their environments, allowing themselves to transcend mere decoration.For the “Negative Stars,” Dee parlays optical and physical qualities of the “Stars” into two-dimensional photo-based works.Richly colored and lushly produced, these works reinforce the contradiction introduced in the “Stars,” striking a precarious balance between superficiality, depth and beauty.
Michael Dee moved from New York to Los Angeles in 2004.He attended Kent State University and graduated with a BA in art education in 1997 and an MFA with a focus in sculpture in 2000. He has exhibited at Roberts and Tilton, Los Angeles (2001); Gagosian Gallery, New York (2002); Post, Los Angeles (2004); Newman Popiashvili, New York (2005); and Angela Hanley, Los Angeles (2006).Dee’s work has been reviewed in Art Review, Art Papers, Zing Magazine, Artnet.com, Dialogue, Artillery, and Artweek.