Visiting Artist: Mike Cloud

7:30 pm on Tuesday, October 1, 2019
9:00 pm on Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Room 410, 808 Commonwealth Ave.
808 Commonwealth Avenue
Room 410
Part of the Tuesday Night MFA Lecture Series at Boston University School of Visual Arts. Free and open to the public. Evolving a unique painterly language over the last two decades, Cloud’s work comprises a mash-up of thick paint and patchworks of collaged material and language culled from books, newspapers, and other ephemera from daily life. Cloud is best known for his shaped canvases, newspaper collages made up of clippings from various New York dailies, and large-scale paper quilts composed of photographic fragments. In combining these elements, Cloud explores the creative possibilities of abstraction in contemporary painting while unravelling the multiple meanings and associations embedded in familiar signs and symbols of our time. Cloud earned his MFA from Yale University School of Art and a BFA from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Cloud has exhibited his work at P.S.1, NY; Marianne Boesky Gallery, NY; the Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; at Apexart, NY and Honor Fraser Gallery, CA. Cloud’s works and writing have been featured in the New York Times, Art in America, Art Review and in Painting Abstraction, published by Phaidon Press. He has been awarded the inaugural Chiaro Award from the Headlands Center for the Arts, CA; a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and residencies at the Meulensteen Art Centre in the Netherlands as well as the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program in New York. Cloud has lectured extensively on his work and issues of contemporary art theory at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, NJ; The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, MA; Yale University, CT; Cooper Union, NY; Bard College, NY and The University of Illinois- Chicago, IL, among others. He is currently an assistant professor at Brooklyn College/ CUNY in New York.