Viewing Room: Michael Byron

Michael Byron’s new works combine traditional collage techniques with installation strategies developed by the artist in the nineteen eighties. By expanding the boundaries of traditional collage through digital techniques of image generation and print layering, the artist produces digital collages on a large scale that embody the dense stacking of contemporary visual experience. The exhibition also includes small traditional collages that reveal his journalistic response to current events. Byron mines the present social climate – the political and the personal – as an opportunity to address the challenges that fill news agencies in every media platform, with subject matter and content that is both a satirical and revealing portrait, of contemporary experience. His upcoming exhibition is scheduled for the Fall 2020.
Byron was born in Rhode Island and received his M.F.A. from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design in 1981. His inclusion in the Museum of Modern Art’s An International Survey of Recent Painting and Sculpture in 1984 marked the beginning of his international career. After participating in the 1989 Whitney Biennial, he moved to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he lived and worked for five years. Michael Byron’s work is included in the museum collections of the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the St. Louis Art Museum. He lives and works in Saint Louis, Missouri and is a professor of art at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.
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