5 – 10 December 2017
The Composing Rooms is super happy to announce its second solo project with Michael Pybus. Harking back to our first collaboration in 2012, a web presentation of his amazing ‘Pika Pots’ – deformed ceramic Pikachu planter pots, Dreamy includes recent paintings and drawings alongside some ceramic works never before exhibited. Made in 2013 during a period when Pybus would pay weekly visits to Hackney City Farm in London to make use of their ceramics studio amongst the barnyard animals and his favourite three legged grumpy farm cat, E.coli.
Over the past five years Pybus has made a name for himself as a painter of pop motifs and brand iconography – specifically an obsession with the global powerhouses of Pokemon and IKEA. Ubiquitous imagery is co-opted by Pybus, making the the brands work for him. This renegade attitude towards the ‘throwaway’ is often interpreted as subordinate, however Pybus’ work argues for a demolishing of value systems mirroring the flattened cultural landscape we now inhabit. Amped up on technological advances and addicted to speed creating an environment where time, context and hierarchy have collapsed onto an infinite digital plane to be sampled, remixed, consumed and edited by us all at will. The Warholian Dream or The Warholian Nightmare, Pybus refuses to pick a side, seamlessly warping between both worlds celebrating the extreme abundance our technologically advanced society offers whilst dissecting the darker scaffolding that holds up such a system of excess.
Every time I see Pikachu or an IKEA logo I think of Michael Pybus. Would you like fries with that?
Michael Pybus, British, b. 1982 lives in London. He studied Sculpture for an MA Royal College of Art, London UK, graduating 2008 and Fine Art BA (Hons) Goldsmiths College, London, graduating 2004. Pybus has had 17 solo exhibitions since 2011 including in: London, UK; Sydney, Australia; Singapore; New York, USA; Frankfurt, Germany; Stockholm, Sweden; Ghent, Belgium; LA and Mexico. He has an upcoming solo show for the inauguration of Jelato Love in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
His work is in major public and private collections including those in: USA, UK, Brazil, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Russia. Details upon request.MICHAEL PYBUS THE COMPOSING ROOMS