MICHAEL SCOGGINS *ART STAR & in the Project Room RYAN SYRELL: Addenda: Rosy-Fingered Dawn at Louse Point
January 10, 2014 – February 15, 2014
Guest Spot at THE REINSTITUTE is proud to present ART STAR, a solo exhibition by Michael Scoggins. In conjunction, Guest Spot Project Space will feature Addenda: Rosy-Fingered Dawn at Louse Point, a series of works by Baltimore-based artist, Ryan Syrell. Opening Friday January 10, 2014, the works will be on view through February 15, 2014. A discussion on the topic of Maintaining Sustainable Practices will be held in conjunction with the closing on February 15, 2014, 2pm-4pm.
ART STAR, a solo exhibition of new works by Michael Scoggins, examines the artist’s psyche with respect to career stardom. Like a page out of a notebook, Scoggins’ insight into political Americana is voiced by his alter ego Michael S., a child-like persona created by Scoggins. While Scoggins’ inspiration is based on comics and superheros, which are generally morally monochromatic in nature, Scoggins confronts the realism of current issues with a bliss of complex satire and irony. In ART STAR, Scoggins turns his sights to the art world and it’s eagerness to cash-in on social, market, and pop culture trends.
Project Room RYAN SYRELL: Addenda: Rosy-Fingered Dawn at Louse Point
The works in Addenda: Rosy-Fingered Dawn at Louse Point address issues of the gestalt formal construction of visual objects, as well as the malleable nature of content. Syrell combines his recent exploration of miniature “behind-the-scenes” art world imagery with an intensive study of the formal and conceptual properties of de Kooning’s 1963 Rosy-Fingered Dawn at Louse Point. Placing these elements in proximity to one another, the work explores the forced incongruity between intent, execution, and content.