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Michael Markowsky

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Birthplace
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Birth year
1977

Website

Schools
Cooper Union, 1998
Art Center, 2002, MFA
Royal College, 2000

Representing galleries
Axis Contemporary Art

Tags
video-art, landscape, performance, abstract

Statement
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My art is about moving through the landscape.

Over the course of the last ten years I have focused my energies on a series of drawings and paintings I call ”Driving Artworks”. Originally, I began this project by creating semi-abstract drawings of the landscape while driving my automobile. Feeling frustrated by the limitation of having to drive and draw simultaneously, I quickly enlisted friends to drive so that I could paint in the passenger seat.

I was immediately struck by how difficult it was to draw and paint the landscape as I moved through it. How do I draw a tree when I see it for only a second? How do I paint a car that is speeding past me? How do I represent a building that grows as I approach it?

Is it even possible to describe such a dynamic visual experience with a pencil or paintbrush? What an incredible challenge! When I think about my art practice, my heartbeat quickens with great excitement!

This is a completely new way of approaching the tradition of landscape painting! Rather than standing still with my easel by the side of a babbling creek, I am being hurtled along the asphalt, desperately plucking details out of the passing environment before they disappear from view.

 

Education:
1999-2002
Art Center, Pasadena, California, USA (Master of Fine Arts)
2000
Royal College of Art, London, England, UK
1995-1999
Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors )
1998
Cooper Union School of Art, New York City, New York, USA



Selected Professional Experience:

2003-2009
Faculty, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California
2002
Teacher's Assistant to Mike Kelley, Art Center, Pasadena, California
2001
Teacher's Assistant to Sylvere Lotringer, Art Center, Pasadena, California


Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2007 Driving Paintings and Sculpture, Axis Contemporary Art, Calgary, Alberta
2006 Driving Drawings and Paintings, Axis Contemporary Art, Calgary, Alberta
2004
Blind to the Sun, Banff Center for the Arts, Banff, Alberta
2002
Private Investigations; After the New Color. MFA Thesis Exhibition, Art Center Graduate Gallery, Pasadena, California
2002
Out of the corner of my eye, I glimpsed _______ in the shadows, Art Center Graduate Gallery, Pasadena, California
2001
Chasing Chance, Art Center Graduate Gallery, Pasadena, California
2001
Falling in Love, Holt Renfrew, Calgary, Alberta
2000
Assignment, Art Center Graduate Gallery, Pasadena, California
1999
ATTACK! Marion Nicoll Gallery, Center for the Performing Arts, Calgary, Alberta



Selected Group Exhibitions:
2007 Off The Wall, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California
2006
Carmada, MAK Center for the Arts, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
2006
UpClose, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California
2005
Drive Time, Wignall Museum, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, California (with Sean Duffy, Karl Haendel, Annetta Kapon, etc.)
2005
San Francisco-Oakland Bayennale, Fruitvale Transit Plaza, Oakland, California
2005
The Lateral Slip, The Sweeney Gallery, University of California, Riverside, California (with Ed Ruscha, Bas Jan Ader, Pae White, Jorge Pardo, Skip Arnold, David H. Bailey, Mark Bennett, Jessica Bronson, John Divola, Robbert Flick, Mark Flores, Kevin Hanley, Jesse Hering, Gil Omry, Jaro Straub, Mungo Thomson, Lincoln Tobier, Kerry Tribe, Ultra-Red, Benjamin Weissman & Jim Shaw.)
2004
Collage Party, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
2004
ARTRAGEOUS, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
2004
Under the Influence of Warhol, Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, Venice, California
2004
UpClose, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California
2003
Summer Show, Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, Venice, California
2002
Beyond Text Festival, Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, Venice, California
2001
Communique, Cactus Bra, Blue Star Art Complex, San Antonio, Texas
2001
Selected Artists, ArtSpace, Calgary, Alberta
1999
The End of the World - Millennium Show, The Uptown, Calgary, Alberta
1999
BFA Thesis Exhibition, Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1999
The Army Show, Main Hall, Alberta College of Art, Calgary, Alberta
1999
Annual Exchange Show, The Little Gallery, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
1998
Discover / Uncover, Marion Nicoll Gallery, Calgary, Alberta
1998
Annual Film and Video Festival, Cooper Union, New York City, New York

Selected Performances:
2002
Tracing Los Angeles, Beyond Text Festival 2002, Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center,Old Venice City Hall, Venice, California
2002
Starring role as "The Initiate" in Jim Shaw's video Initiation Ritual of the 360 Degrees, Los Angeles, California (shown in Gallerie Praz-Delavallade, Paris, France). Other roles performed by Mike Kelley, Stephen Prina, Dave Muller, Ivan Morley, Evan Holloway, Doug Harvey, Mayo Thompson, James Duck, Tom Recchion, Michael Intriere, Randy Kelley and Erik Olson.
2002
Performed for Joe Herring at the Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California
2001
Performed for Joe Herring's MFA Thesis Exhibition, Art Center Graduate Gallery, Pasadena, California
2000
Performed w/ Stan Kaplan for Stephanie Taylor, Chinatown, Los Angeles
2000
Performed for Joe Herring, Art Center Graduate Gallery, Pasadena, California
1999
Performed live (w/ Tyson Reeder and Caroline Thomas) for Stephanie Taylor, China-Art Objects, Los Angeles, California

Independent Curation:
1999
Emerging Artists, Lebensraum Gallery, Calgary, Alberta

Artist Residencies:
2003-2004
Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center, Old Venice City Hall, Venice, California

Artist Lectures:
2006
The Art Institute of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
2006
New Horizons School, Pasadena, California
2004
Traditional Art Practices and Digital Media, University of California Irvine

Awards:
2006
Canada Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Project Grant, Ottawa, Canada
2003-2004
Teaching Fellowship, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California
2002
Yvonne Segerstom Grant, Art Center, Pasadena, California
1999-2002
Academic Achievement Scholarship, Art Center, Pasadena, California
1999
runner-up for the Board of Governor's Award, Alberta College of Art, Calgary, Alberta
1999
Student Services Volunteer Award, Alberta College of Art, Calgary, Alberta
1998
Illingworth Kerr Scholarship, Alberta College of Art, Calgary, Alberta
1996
Gregory Arnold Memorial Award, Alberta College of Art, Calgary, Alberta

on the nightstand

Knut Hamsun "Pan"

Recent Exhibits

Michael Markowsky participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2009 Michael Markowsky: The Dynamic Landscape
Armory Center for the Arts
 
Sep, 2007 Open Studios
Armory Center for the Arts, Northwest/965
 
Jun, 2007 High and Dry Smoke and Fog
Phantom Galleries LA Beverly Hills
 
Jun, 2007 High and Dry, Smoke and Fog
Phantom Galleries LA -
 
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