Michael Arcega is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture and installation. Though visual, his art revolves largely around language. Directly informed by Historic events, material significance, and the format of jokes, his subject matter deals with sociopolitical circumstances where power relations are unbalanced.
As a naturalized American, there is a geographic dimension to Michaels investigation of cultural markers. These markers are embedded in objects, food, architecture, visual lexicons, and vernacular languages. For instance, vernacular Tagalog, is infused with Spanish and English words, lending itself to verbal mutation. This malleability result in wordplay and jokes that transform words like Persuading to First wedding, Tenacious to Tennis Shoes, Devastation to The Bus Station, and Masturbation to Mass Starvation. His practice draws from the sensibility of both insider and outsider- subtly jumbling signifier, material, linguistics, and site.
His work has been exhibited at venues including the deYoung Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, the Orange County Museum of Art, The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, Honolulu Academy of Arts, The Blaffer Gallery in Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Cue Arts Foundation, and the Asia Society in NY.
Arcegas work has been discussed in publications including Art Forum, the New York Times, Art News, X-TRA, SF Chronicle, Artweek, Art Papers, and Flash Art among others. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Art Council grant (Artadia), Joan Mitchell MFA Award, Murphy Cadogan Fine Arts Fellowship, and Headlands Center for the Arts MFA Fellowship. He has been an Artist in Residence at the 18th Street Art Center, Montalvo Arts Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, the Fountainhead Residency, the Artadia Residency @ the International Studio and Curatorial Program, and Al Riwak Art space in Bahrain.
Michael was born in Manila, Philippines, and migrated to the Los Angeles area at ten years of age. He relocated to San Francisco to attend the San Francisco Art Institute where he received a BFA. And later, he attended Stanford University for his MFA. He is an Assistant Professor of Art at San Francisco State University.
Johansson Projects, Oakland, CAhttp://johanssonprojects.com/
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