April 28 - May 19, 2012
Opening reception Saturday, April 28, 7pm - 10pm
For his first solo show at Ditch Projects, New Mexico artist Mike Paré presents works on paper
that are explorations of cultural and material anomalies. Starting with the topic of subcultures,
Paré focuses in on the material culture and narrative of the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
Movement, which was based in eastern Oregon from 1980-1985. In this work, constellations of
Rajneesh’s narrative expand beyond rational investigation, and mutate into entirely new forms.
Rajneesh Things is an artwork in the form of an open edition tabloid Newspaper. The twelve
page black and white tabloid contains articles, artwork, and designs based in investigations
of the material culture of the Rajneesh Movement. Modeled after the original movement
publication Rajneesh Times, Paré’s newspaper visually mimics the style of underground
press publications of the 1970s and 80s. The work functions as a platform for art making and
journalism, but also serves as a coded fictional text and an object of material culture itself
capable of everyday dissemination through its expendable form as a free paper. Free copies
will be available at the exhibition.
The body of work entitled Devotional Goods is an exploration of material anomalies and the
potential of art practice transcending a topic. working with the familiar drawing materials of
graphite and paper, Paré creates large dark tie-dyed pieces that hint at melancholy and decay
even as they radiate intense acid-drenched colors.