Mike Metz plays, or rather, works the frame (here work and play, the work accomplishd by play and vice versa, are the same thing), pusing and teasing at the boundaries of extent and containment. Can words be contained thus, affixed to a shape, some strange incantatory epigraphy of form? Well, yes and no, or at least –apparently—only for a moment. And what sort of frame is “an expanded octahedron tensegrity structure comprised of wooden struts and steel cables” anyway? What sort of frame is architecture? A museum? A text? A thing?
— Thomas Zummer, 2011
Mike Metz lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He has exhibited in the United States and internationally. Installations include Snared-trapped and concealed, T-space, Rhinebeck, NY, 2011;Venice Wall, (What is intellect?), at the 52nd Venice Biennale, curated by Gavin Wade, Venice, Italy, 2007; City Art: New York’s Percent for Art Program, The Center for Architecture, New York, NY, 2005;Strike, curated by Gavin Wade, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, London, England, 2002; In the Midst of Things, curated by Gavin Wade, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, England, 1999; Letter S Road: Re-marks on Site, Art Omi, Columbia County, NY, 1992; Bunker / Beacon, The Kitchen, New York, NY, 1974; Trying to hit the mark, 112 Greene Street Gallery, New York, NY, 1971; Blueprint for Performance/Extended but Camouflaged, Albright Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY, 1971. This marks his first solo exhibition in New York City since 1995.
‘T’ Book 2012 is a 148 page catalogue which documents exhibitions and events organized by ‘T’ Space during the 2010 – 2012 seasons. It compiles sub-catalogues of shows featuring artists Jim Holl, Mike Metz, Richard Artschwager, Polly Apfelbaum, and Martin Puryear. The book contains excerpts of poetry readings at ‘T’Space by Carter Ratcliff and George Quasha, and musical performances by Tanya Kalmanovitch, Marika Hughes, Mazz Swift, Brian Dewan, Cat Lamb, Bryan Eubanks, and Michael Bisio. Installation views of site-specific sculptures by Meg Webster and Steven Holl are also included.