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 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 that challenges notions of abstraction, Cloud’s work often comprises a mash-up of cutout photographs, thick paint, and patchworks of collaged material.
For his exhibition at the Logan Center Gallery, Cloud has created large-scale, three-dimensional paintings; handmade collage quilts; and paper vessels to form an impressive Gesamtkunstwerk. Using imagery culled from photo books and other ephemera from daily life, the works on view explore the expansive world of semiotics and the multiple cultural meanings embedded in familiar signs and symbols of our time.
Accompanying the exhibition is a series of public programs, conceived in close collaboration with the artist, that explore the mythmaking capacity of art through three distinct vectors: storytelling and the myth of education, the myth of the other in art discourse, and the myth of quality in art criticism. These programs invite local and national interlocutors to connect the themes and motivations of Cloud’s work to broader art historical narratives.
Mike Cloud: The Myth of Education is presented by Logan Center Exhibitions and curated by Yesomi Umolu, Exhibitions Curator. Support for this exhibition is provided by Harpo Foundation.