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Mike Andrews & Anthony B. Creeden – Employee/Lounge

28 May – 29 June 2015

Private view 28 May 6pm

“My hand resting idly atop my attaché case. My hand.” —Donald Barthelme, “Game,” 1965

William Benington Gallery is pleased to present Employee/Lounge, a two-person exhibition featuring work by Mike Andrews and Anthony B. Creeden, curated by Julia V. Hendrickson. 

Mike Andrews (Chicago, IL) and Anthony B. Creeden (Austin, TX) share an affinity for the ways in which new technologies—as seen through the lens of futuristic film and television in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s—shape social and cultural perceptions of the male body. Employee/Lounge will consist of paintings, film, sculpture, and tapestries, all framed in relation to a large-scale structure loosely based on an early “supercomputer.” This object, bisecting the center of the gallery, serves as a touchstone for both artists, referencing office space; virtual space; Cold War-era bunkers; and sci fi television sets. 

For this exhibition, Andrews will premiere a pair of surreal, kaleidoscopic animated films from his ongoing series Weird War; new figurative textile-based sculptures; and create two large-scale woven tapestries on-site. Creeden will showcase a new series of colorful abstract paintings in egg tempera and oil in tandem with his ongoing sculptural series using dichroic film, glass, collage, and cast aluminum.  

Mike Andrews received his MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2004. Anthony B. Creeden is a current MFA in Painting candidate at the University of Texas at Austin.  Julia V. Hendrickson is a curator, writer, and editor based in Austin, TX. She received an MA degree in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London in 2012.