Artist Bio


Born Pittsburgh, PA 1974


2000 M.F.A. Kent State University, Kent, OH

1997 B.A. Art Education, Kent State University, Kent, OH

One Person Exhibitions

2014 Some Candy Talking and the Sound of Speed, Garboushian Gallery, Beverly HIlls

2010 Arc Project, Philadelphia International Flower Show, Philadelphia, PA2009

Melted Hearts and Deadly Force, Western Project, Culver City, CA

2008 The Negative Stars, Shaheen MCA, Cleveland, OH

2006 Bring it on Home, Kent State University, Kent, OH

2006 Thick, Round, and Warm, Newman Popiashvili, New York

2005 Sometimes I Feel, Locust Projects, Miami, FL

2004 Starshaped, Post, Los Angeles, CA

2003 You’ve Heard It All Before, Suite 106, New York

2002 Precipitate Project, Gagosian Gallery, New York (Uptown)

2002 The Floater, Suite 106, New York

2001 Forced Creativity, Pageant, Los Angeles, CA

2000 Acquiesce, Shaheen Modern and Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH

1999 Niagara, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH

Group Exhibitions

2014 Engendered Inequality, For Your Art, Los Angeles

2013 Mexicali Biennial, Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles

Licketh the Rainbow, Jaus Gallery, Santa Monica

Tunnel Rats: A Skateboard Art Show, The Tunnel, Los Angeles

2012 Hell-O, BKB Ceramics, Joshua Tree, CA

2011 Manifest Destiny: Museum of the Public Fiction, Los Angeles

Centennial Alumni Exhibition, Kent State University, Kent, OH

2010 From My Universe: Objects of Desire, Seeline Gallery, Santa Monaca

Peer Pressure, 18th Street Projects, Santa Monica, CA

2009 Sweet Subversives: Contemporary California Drawings, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA.

Blue, Blue, Maloney Fine Art, Culver City, CA

Dearly, Madly, Howard House, Seattle, WA

2008 Sculpture I & II, Western Project, Culver City, CA

Manmade, East and Peggy Phelps Galleries, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California

The Super Thing: NYC goes DEVO, 3rd Ward, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Panapticon, Bank, Los Angeles, CA

Bump: Explicit and Rarely Seen Videos From Southern California, LACE, Los Angeles, CA

Cocktail Hour with Skip Arnold, Bonelli Contemporary, Chinatown, CA

Forming, Angels Gate, San Pedro, CA

Surface Sounding, Seeline Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

Analytic and Synthetic Pile-up, Woodbury Exhibitions, Hollywood, CA

Darkness Will Find You, Jail Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Lush, Salon Oblique, Los Angeles, CA

2007 Made In California, Weisman Museum, Malibu, CA

Unhinged, A Friendly Place, Los Angeles, CA

Spackled Gloryhole, Empathy Design Company, Pasadena, CA

2006 Drink, Fight, Fuck, Angela Hanley, Los Angeles, CA

Single Channel Video Show, Glendale College, Glendale, CA

Art on the Waterfront Festival, Angels Gate, San Pedro, CA

2005 Peekskill Projects, Peekskill, New York

Post @ Post, Post, Los Angeles

Video Show, Object Not Found, Monterey, Mexico

112 Mercer, Suite 106, New York

2004 Presence, Pterodactyl Dundee, Canada, New York

Mouth Breathers, Nurture Art, New York

Wiggly World, Produce Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2003 Sequel, Domestic Setting, Los Angeles, CA

The Midas Touch, Post Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Super Art, The Magori Room, Osaka, Japan

Pow!, Kunstvaret, Brooklyn, New York

Breathless, 608, San Francisco, CA

Perpetual Motion Roadshow
, Pterodactyl Dundee, Blue Stockings, New York

Metamorphose III, 17 e Recontres Video Art Plastique, Basse, Normandie

2002 We All Love…, The Mission, London, England

LA Freewaves, Los Angeles, CA

Irrational Propositions, Post Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Pomona Film Festival, Pomona, California

Wall Space, Miller Durazo, Los Angeles, CA

The Home Show
, * Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2001 Humid, The Moore Building, Miami, FL

BKYN 2.0, Online Exhibition

Video Streets, Downtown Art Projects, New York

Monitor: Volume I, Gagosian Gallery, NY (Chelsea)

Bloodlines, Roberts and Tilton, Los Angeles, CA

*, * Gallery, Cleveland, OH

2000 Cold Storage, Millworks Gallery/Icehouse, Akron, OH

1999 Graduate Exhibition, Kent State University, Kent, OH

Student Annual, Kent State University, Kent, OH

1998 Outfit, New Sense Enterprises, Cleveland, OH

Scope II, Artists Space, New York

The Young and the Restless, Gallery 1,2, F,U, Akron, OH

Reviews and Articles

2014 Michael Dee at Garboushian Gallery, Beverly Hills, by Shana Nys Dambrot,Whitehot Magazine, March 2014.

Michael Dee and the World of Bright, Shining, Everyday Terror, by Evan Senn,
Rogue ArtResearch, January 2014.

2013 Interview with Michael Dee, by Tex Kerschen, Swamp Bats Online Magazine.

2011 Artist Project: Lauren Mackler and Josh Peters - La Californie. by Geoff Tuck, Notes on Looking, September 8, 2011.

Philadelphia Garden Show is Inspiring Recycled Green Plastic Art Plus a Contest For Garden Furniture, by Shawna Coranado, Chicago Now, March 9, 2011.

2010 “Persuasion”: Interview with Michael Dee, by Tex Kerschen, Persuasion Blog, January 13, 2011.

2009 “'Dearly Madly' -romance as the end of the road,” by Regina Hackett, Arts Journal, March 25, 2009.

Michael Dee, Western Project,” by Rebecca Lieb, Artillery, Vol. 4, Issue 2, Nov/Dec 2009.

2008 “Talks of the Town,” by Alexadra Abramian-Mott, Angeleno, September, pp.196-197

“‘SCULPTURE: Part Two’ at Western Project,” by Shana Nys Dambrot, Artweek,
October 2008, p.16.

Darkness will find you,” by Shana Nys Dambrot, Flavorpill, June 17, 2008.

manmade,” catalogue essay, by Daneva H. Dansby, East Gallery, Claremont Graduate University.

Gotham Groove,” by Megan Duguid, Artillery, Vol. 2, Issue 6, July/Aug, 2008.

Surface Sounding” at Seeline Gallery, by Tucker Neel, Art Lies, Issue No. 60, Winter 2008

Rambunctious Group Energy,” by David Pagel, Los Angeles Times, August 29, 2008, p. E17

Darkness Surrounds Us at Jail, by Mary Anna Pomonis, White Light, December 22, 2008

Michael Dee’s Negative Star’s exhibit contemplates the vacant beauty of celebrity, by Dan Tranberg, The Plain Dealer, May 18, 2008.

2007 No Direction Home: 3 Artists Take Different Routes to LA; by Tulsa Kinney, Artillery, Summer 2007. (vol. 1 no. 6).

2006 Weekend Update: Michael Dee(Review); by Walter Robinson, Artnet.com Magazine, January 23, 2006.

St. Anger: Drink, Fight, Fuck; by Emma Gray, Art Review, October 2006.
(issue 04).

2005 ”Hero-Glyph” and Mike Dee at Post(Review); by Shana Nys Dambrot, Artweek, February 2005(vol. 36)

2004 “The Mouth Breathers” at Nurture Art; by Jon Elliot, Greenline, February 2004.

2003 “Sequel” at Domestic Setting; by Kristina Newhouse, Artnet.com Magazine, April 17, 2003.

The White Devil and the Sonic Lady((Review); by Zachary Miner, Suite 106
Presents: March/April 2003.

2002 Humid; by Ocana Damarys, Art Papers Magazine, March/April 2002.

Asterisk; by Eric Susyne, Zing Magazine, number 16, 2002.

Bloodlines; by Charong Chow, Zing Magazine, number 16, 2002.

Weekend Update: Michael Dee(Review); by Walter Robinson, Artnet.com Magazine, February 5, 2002.

The Floater, 2001(Review); by Skip Arnold, Suite 106 Presents: February/March

2001‘Monitor: Volume 1’, ‘Susan Hiller Psi Girls’; by Holland Cotter, The New York Times, July 13, 2001.

Multiple Exposures: “Snapshot” at the Hammer, and Beyond; by Doug Harvey, LA
, June 22-28, 2001.

2000 Analyzing the Media through Ringo; by Dan Tranberg, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, May 11, 2000.

A Starr is Born: Ringo Re-Examined
; by Charles Yannopolous, Scene Magazine,
May 25-31, 2000(vol. 31).

Michael Dee (Review); by Dan Tranberg, Dialogue, July-August, 2000.


artist statement

Michael Dee’s research in psychology, aerospace, and discord instills his work with a complexity, which informs viewers about the sexual and violent nature of post war Americana. Whether drawing inspiration from Rock and Roll, weapon technology, or holiday detritus, Dee’s work reveals details about himself and observations about popular culture at large. His stars made of melted plastic cups reference surface superficiality, sexual associations, and party culture, while his negative photographs of vodka skulls reference metal iconography, heavy drinking, and clinical depression. He is currently amassing research for a show that will investigate the shift from paganism to consumerism in a major internationally celebrated holiday.