Mike Cloud: The Myth of Education
January 26—March 11, 2018
Opening Reception and Artist Tour: Friday, January 26, 6-8pm | Logan Center Gallery (915 E 60 St)
Mike Cloud: The Myth of Education presents a suite of new and existing works by the critically acclaimed Brooklyn-based artist Mike Cloud. Born in Chicago in 1974 and having earned his training as an arts educator at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master’s degree from Yale University School of Art, this marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in the city.
Evolving a unique painterly language over the last two decades, Cloud’s work often comprises a mash-up of thick paint and patchworks of collaged material and language culled from photo books, newspapers and other ephemera from daily life. For his exhibition at the Logan Center Gallery, Cloud has created a selection of multi-layered paintings on his signature shaped canvases, newspaper collages made up of clippings from various New York dailies and large-scale paper quilts composed of photographic fragments. These works represent the confluence of the artist's expressive mark making with a myriad of recognizable forms including graphic symbols, text and pattern. In combining these elements, Cloud explores the creative possibilities of abstraction in contemporary painting alongside unravelling the multiple meanings and associations embedded in familiar signs and symbols of our time.
Mike Cloud: The Myth of Education is presented by Logan Center Exhibitions and curated by Yesomi Umolu, Exhibitions Curator. This exhibition is made possible by support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Reva and David Logan Foundation, The Harpo Foundation, and friends of the Logan Center.