Biography of the Director
Director, The Center for New Art
Michael Rees has been working with new media in his sculpture since the early 1990’s. He is one of the first sculptors in the world to embrace the use of computer aided design, 3d printing and automated manufacture and blend it into a conceptual art practice. HIs work sits at the intersection between themes in figuration, language, biology, technology, and the social to weave a sculptural melange. It often addresses figuration through a variety of media. These include aspects of an embodied dynamic investigating incorporation, mind and imagination.
His work with new media has been celebrated in the 2001 Whitney Bitstreams exhibition curated by Lawrence Rinder and most recently in the 2013-2014 Museum of Art and Design’s exhibition Out of Hand: Materializing the Post Digital curated by Ron Labaco. Early on he was included in the 1995 Whitney Biennial. Rees has also won a National Endowment for the Arts Grant for the exhibition Artificial Sculpture: software and installation with Chris Burnett. He won a Creative Capital Grant for the Sculptural User Interface, software that is a language to Form Synthesizer also with Chris Burnett and Donald Guarnierri. He also won a Rockefeller Renew Media Grant. HIs work has been included in many survey books on Art and New Media including Arts and Electronic Media, by Edward Shanken, Digital Art by Christiana Paul, From Technological Art to Virtual Art by Frank Popper among others. He is a Masters of Fine Art from Yale University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute.
Rees is a tenured Associate Professor of Art joining the faculty of William Paterson University in 2008. He became the head of the Center for Computer art and Animation which was started by the artist David Haxton in the 1980’s. in 2009 the name of the center changed to The Center for New Art.