Bruno David is pleased to present The Wheel of Fortune & How to Build a Ghost, an exhibition by artist Michael Byron. This will be Byron’s third exhibition with the gallery. In conjunction with the exhibition, Bruno David Gallery will publish a catalogue of the artist’s work with an in-depth exhibition history and bibliography Byron’s new works combine traditional collage techniques with installation strategies developed by the artist in the nineteen eighties. By expanding the boundaries of traditional collage through digital techniques of image generation and print layering, the artist produces digital collages on a large scale that embody the dense stacking of contemporary visual experience. The exhibition also includes small traditional collages that reveal his journalistic response to current events.
Byron mines the present social climate - the political and the personal - as an opportunity to address the challenges that fill news agencies in every media platform, with subject matter and content that is both a satirical and revealing portrait, of contemporary experience.
Michael Byron’s work is included in the museum collections of the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art St. Louis; the St. Louis Art Museum; the Tamayo Museum, Mexico City; and the Museum Boymans-Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, among others.
Byron was born in Rhode Island and received his M.F.A. from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in 1981. His inclusion in the Museum of Modern Art’s An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture in 1984 marked the beginning of his international career. After participating in the 1989 Whitney Biennial, he moved to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he lived and worked for five years. While in Amsterdam, he participated in group and solo exhibitions there and in Germany, France, Sweden, and Spain. Four publications focusing on his work have been published and since his return to the United States in 1994, and his work has been exhibited in 22 solo exhibitions, in five two-person shows and in 52 group exhibitions in the United States and Europe, eight of which were at museums. He lives and works in Saint Louis, Missouri and is a professor of art at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.