Perchance to Dream: The Art of Michael Peoples
The Muskegon Museum of Art will present Perchance to Dream: The Art of Michael Peoples June 21 through September 16, 2018. Michael Peoples creates cast wax sculptures of pop culture objects and icons. His intensely colored objects celebrate nostalgia and kitsch, translating cartoon character Halloween buckets, honey bear bottles, garden ornaments, and the like into entrancing, candy-like sculptures and installations. Perchance to Dream is a gallery installation featuring hundreds of cast circus peanuts, an iconic childhood sweet. Towering structures of stacked casts of the equally iconic honey bear bottle punctuate a carpet of multi-colored peanuts in the installation. The public is invited to a free reception on the opening evening of the exhibition, Thursday, June 21, from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.
MMA Senior Curator Art Martin comments, “Michael Peoples is inspired by a love for the oddities of American culture, from roadside attractions and molded plastic collectibles to images of the Last Supper mounted on log plaques. The fantastical landscape of Perchance to Dream, a field of brilliantly colored circus peanuts broken by towering columns of similarly hued honey bear bottles, is in homage to the artist’s grandparents and the time he spent in their home as a child. The installation is a captivating tribute to American kitsch, of mass-production, repetitive and time-consuming labor, and the sugary joys of childhood. Guests are invited to explore this playful blend of mass-production, repetitive and time-consuming labor, and the sugary joys of childhood in an installation that transforms how the gallery is perceived.”
Michael Peoples lives in Grand Haven, Michigan and maintains a shared studio space in a converted warehouse in nearby Grand Rapids. Self-taught, he has avidly pursued and studied art since childhood. His art has appeared at sites throughout the West Michigan region. He is a member of the award winning and critically recognized SiTE:LAB, which describes itself as “a nomadic all-volunteer artist-led initiative focused on creating site-specific projects and events in underutilized and unique spaces.”
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