Contemporary American artist Michael Mapes is showing his newest series of work, titled Anatomy of the Muse at Opera Gallery. With this exhibition, Mapes explores the portrayal of women as muse in the form of reclining nude goddesses from Greek mythology and pin-up girls in Western art history. Michael deconstruct his subjects by creating portraits of these women using pieces of photographs of the subject’s DNA. He gathers everything that makes the subject’s genealogical information like, personal statistics, fingernail clippings, handwriting samples and hair strands, photographs them and then layers and compiles them to construct his works resulting in a mosaic of the subject. His meticulous work consist of hundreds of photographs that are diligently pieced together to create what essential is the “biological DNA” of the subject.
About the Artist
Michael Mapes is based in New York. Mapes graduated in 1992 with a BFA and MFA from the University of Illinois. He spent the next fifteen years producing and developing creative products for his own product development company before returning to art full time in 2005. Today he lives and works in New York. Since returning to art Mapes has held numerous solo exhibitions throughout the United States, London and the Netherlands, with his most recently solo exhibition at the Yellowstone Art Museum in the United States.
Date: 18 June – 9 July 2015
Opera Gallery at G/F-3/F W Place, 52 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: 2819 1208
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 11am-8pm; Sun & Hols: 11:30am-5:30pm