Wilson & Willoughby (now Gallery Petite) its inaugural exhibition presents de - a group exhibition with Max Greis, Katie Torn & Michael Max McLeod. The show features work in which technology is altering the mobility and notions of traditional mediums. Abundance absorbs a society addicted to their iPhone. Images mediate social relations through a virtual reality that is overly fulfilling in only the instant way. Suddenly propelled forward technologically amidst a planet that is seemingly revolting against us, how do we obtain balance? How do we build new frontiers, expand ideas, and still deal with all this piling junk? Connected through an exploration of a traditional medium infused with a form of technology that enforces the virtual domain, Michael Max McLeod, Max Greis and Katie Torn are contemplating our future, while paying tribute to, demolishing, and re-contextualizing our notions of the past.
Debuting a zine and projected photographs comprised of screen grabbed images taken from hours of watching erotic web livestreams, Michael Max McLeod’s TORSOS, explores a space in between the virtual and the physical, and the public and private through the blend of digital appropriation and photography. Katie Torn, a Queens-based digital media artist uses 3D modeling, digital animation and programming to build the surreal virtual universes that her often modeled-from life sculptures exist in. Referencing childhood symbols as a way to evoke reminders of a consumer-driven, technologic society that creates to waste, Torn is interested in the outcome of excess. This familiar warning of excess is explored in Max Gries’s paintings and Stereoviews. Influenced by trips to The Met and the American Museum of Natural History from a young age, Max Gries’s impressionistic paintings, The Dig and Samsara, are animated by digitally edited documentary-like video projections. Interested in how accumulation and history informs the future, Max Greis creates hyper realistic apocalyptic montages of familiar dynasties existing in one time and place.
About the Artists
Max Greis holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and an MFA from Hunter College, where he was awarded the Kossak Travel Grant to study the works of Bosch and Bruegel in Madrid, Vienna and Berlin. He is a recipient of the BRIC Media Arts Fellowship and the Alumni Scholarship Award from the School of Visual Arts. His work has been exhibited at the Edward Hopper House Art Center, National Arts Club, Katonah Museum of Art, Bates Museum of Art, Canajoharie Library & Arkell Museum, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, and the American Civil War Center at Tredegar, among others.
Katie Torn has exhibited her work at national and international locations including XPO Gallery, Paris (2015); NUTUREart, Brooklyn (2014); Postmasters, New York (2014); Upfor Gallery, Portland (2014); MOMA PS1, New York (2014); Roots & Cultures Contemporary Art Center, Chicago (2013); MOCA, Los Angeles (2013); and Bitforms Gallery, New York (2013). She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2012) and BA from Hunter College (2007). Torn was a 2013 Fellow at the Eyebeam Art & Technology Center and a 2014 Artist in Residence at IEA Alfred University. Upcoming exhibitions include the Window Display at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, FILE Electronic Language International Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Black Box New Media Festival in Seattle.
Michael Max McLeod (b. 1973, Chicago) worked as a designer for RollingStone.com and a producer for Playboy.com. At Playboy, McLeod produced live coverage of Hugh Hefner's events at the Playboy Mansion. In 2013, McLeod was awarded a Phoenix Art Museum Contemporary Forum Emerging Artist Grant. His work has been exhibited at The Geffen Contemporary in Los Angeles, The Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam and The Tokyo Institute of Photography. A portfolio from Adult Cinema is in the permanent collection of the Kinsey Intitute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction. McLeod releases publications under the DIY imprint Goodbye Ranch. His work has also been published in 10x10 American Photobooks, Self Publish Be Naughty and Queer Zines Vol. 2.