Artist and Associate Professor of Sculpture Mike Rea puts together “a band” to produce a music video featuring his ​sculpture Tight Notes and Black Holes, CTINH (Conceptualize there is no Heaven), 2019.

I Yell Because I Care, He Needs Me, ​is a site-specific performative installation,​ which combines our desire to see Rea’s sculptural works engaged in the gallery while straddling the virtual environment of digital interactions we are currently immersed in. Performing 1970s singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson’s “He Needs Me” from the soundtrack of Popeye (1980) directed by Robert Altman, Rea combines alternative performances with actual musicians, recorded remotely in the homes and spaces of the various participants. The “band” members are NIU alumni, current students, artists and musicians Rea has cultivated since his own time at NIU as a student in the late 90s.

The performance will be presented in a live Zoom stream (meeting ID 827 9464 1112, passcode 526115), Saturday, November 15 at 7 p.m.

Mike Rea has conflated the notions of working hard and playing hard for over two decades with his bombastic wooden sculptures. Whether as conventional sculptures standing alone, or as props in interactive installations and performances, these often-massive objects reflect a culture of humor, violence, vulgarity, and sensitivity.

This program is sponsored in part by the Illinois Arts Council Agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Northern Illinois University Arts and Culture Fee with additional support from the Division of Information Technology and University Marketing and Institutional Communications.

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Meeting ID: 827 9464 1112

Passcode: 526115