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Michael Parker


Michael ParkerArtist’s Statement

My experiential and performative projects question ideas of individual agency and collective action by engaging with unexpected creative partners: construction workers, linemen-in-training, sauna enthusiasts, State Park employees and citrus growers. My work creates specific yet open frameworks that invite people to contribute to the activation of the artwork.

The Steam Egg is a 10-foot floating mirrored sculpture; a darkened communal sweat-filled ovoid sauna, where participants absorb the DJ’s acoustics from spoken word to death metal, breathe the HerbJ’s sage or seaweed infused steam and meet one another knee to knee.

The Unfinished, is an excavated obelisk along the banks of the L.A. River. It is a 137-foot replica of Pharaoh Hatshepsut’s monument known as The Unfinished Obelisk. The recumbent urban earthwork is a failed symbol of vertical power that exists on a post-industrial piece of state-owned land.

Juicework is an installation that explores the service economy by inviting viewers to use more than 1,000 stoneware tools, objects, tree slabs, cushions and water features, in an extractive exhibition of California land, labor, light, citrus and psychedelic speculation. Come thirsty.

Website: michaelparker.org

Biography

Select Solo Exhibitions

2015
Juicework, Human Resources, Los Angeles

2014
The Unfinished, California State Parks and Clockshop, Los Angeles

2011 – 2013
Steam Egg, Los Angeles

Select Group Exhibitions

2015
R.S.V.P. Los Angeles, Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, Calif.
After Victor Papanek: The Future is Not What is Used To Be, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, Calif.

2014
Steam Egg 2 & Personal Pool, Pomona College Studio Art Hall, Claremont, Calif.

2013
The Privilege Show, Control Room, Los Angeles

Select Fellowships and Awards

2014
CCI ARC Grant, First Quarter Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles

2010
Printed Matter Awards for Artists, New York, New York
McComber Travel Award, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

2009
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

Select Community-based Artwork

2015
Shitwork, Machine Project and High Desert Test Sites, El Mirage, Calif.

2013
Kids’ Waiting Room (with Rosten Woo and Alyse Emdur), LAPD Tech Lab, Dept of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles

2011
How to Survive (with Alyse Emdur), High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, CA

EDUCATION

M.F.A., 2009
University of Southern California

E.M.T. 2001
UCLA School of Pre-Hospital Care

B.A., 2000
Pomona College

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