Mike Rea’s, “Make You See Stars” and Christine Negus’, “the night time is never the right time”

The Pitch Project Inaugural Exhibition
New TPP Gallery Space
Artists: Mike Rea and Christine Negus

at The Pitch Project
706 S. 5th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204
Sept. 10 – Nov. 6, 2016

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 10, 3-6 p.m.

Gallery Hours: Thursday & Friday 5-8pm.–Saturday 3-8pm & Sunday 3–5 p.m.

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“Make You See Stars” is an exhibition by Chicago-based artist Mike Rea consisting of dozens of wood objects including a 10’ x 10’ x 11’ installation of 33 wooden shooting stars.

Over the past decade Mike Rea has explored pop culture and the American identity through large garish sculptures, installations, and performances constructed from wood. Rea’s work often employs a wry sense of humor combined with a meticulous and compulsive constructive process.  “Make You See Stars” is an eccentric mix of sculpture that reflects the idea of seeing stars literally or the metaphorical connotation of an altered state.  In this installation new and old works have been strung together to explore various points in Rea’s artistic practice and echo a culture of humor, violence, vulgarity, and sensitivity.

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Christine Negus’ exhibition, “the night time is never the right time” takes place in The Pitch Project’s video screening room.

The video screening includes the American premiere of “my better years I” from Christine Negus a Canadian based artist and writer.  Negus employs playful humor and incendiary tones to continually taunt her viewers.  Through the emptying of totems, historical revisionism takes a decidedly aggressive feminist turn, as boundaries are broken and the certainty of social structures are assaulted.

Mike Rea will be the inaugural exhibition in the Pitch Project’s new gallery adjacent to the ART/BEER Lounge located in the heart of The Pitch Project, which will open with a group show of Brenner Beer featured artists on September 10, 2016.

For more information you can contact the gallery at info@thepitchproject.org.

About CHRISTINE NEGUS

Christine Negus is a multidisciplinary artist and writer based in London, Ontario who won the National Film Board of Canada’s Best Emerging Canadian Video/Filmmaker award at Images Festival. She received her MFA from Northwestern University in Chicago IL and her BFA from Western University in London ON. Some of her notable exhibitions include: CROSSROADS, Queer City Cinema, MIX NYC, Artists’ Television Access, Milwaukee Underground FF, Images Festival, Galleri CC, Microscope Cinema and Kasseler Dokfest. She has had solo exhibitions at Forest City Gallery, Gallery TPW, gallerywest and Julius Caesar. er work has been reviewed in Broken Pencil, The Globe and Mail and Modern Painters.

About MIKE REA

Mike Rea studied at and received his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Rea currently resides in Chicago and teaches Sculpture at Northern Illinois University. Rea’s work challenges the viewer to experience multiple emotions at once. His replicated and reinvented moments of cinematic horror, science fiction, comedy and drama intermingle with memory to form bizarre personal narratives. His work has shown both nationally and internationally including, but not limited to: the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; EbersMoore Gallery, Chicago, IL; Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA; the Scion Gallery, Culver City, CA; and the Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL; the international exhibition/residency Forest Art, Darmstadt, Germany; the Power of Making exhibition, Victoria Albert Museum, London, UK; the curate exhibition 10,000 Hours, Kunstmuseum Thurgau, Switzerland.