Found Objects and Mixed Media
6 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches
BIO: Gerald Mead’s work is in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, George Eastman House, Brooklyn Art Library, Castellani Art Museum, and the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction. His diminutive artworks have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and in Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Poland, Russia, and China and are published in the photography textbooks Exploring Color Photography and Photographic Possibilities. Mead has received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, and he is an independent curator and appointed member of the Buffalo Arts Commission. He earned his M.F.A. in Visual Studies from the University at Buffalo and currently teaches at SUNY Buffalo State.
STATEMENT: My obsessively composed small-scale collage/ assemblages combine a range of photographic images with other found materials and are intended to encourage inspection of their complexity and detail. Appropriating (and subverting) images and objects represents my aesthetic choices and creates a dialogue about how strategies of recombination affect the meaning of the individual objects. Pinned (NE) is from a series of four works that juxtapose sports images that express the angularity of the human figure in motion with schematic structures found in the tools and other found objects that relate to the academic fields of Architecture and Anatomy. This work was shown at Exhibit A Gallery in Corning, NY and included in a mid-career retrospective of my work at the Crary Art Gallery in Warren, PA. as well as other venues in Western New York.