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Michael Watson
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Sunset Park



ARTIST STATEMENT: In my work, I confront misconceptions related to the discreteness and autonomy of objects. This idea pervades every aspect of our culture, even our perceptions of the body. Through closely examining natural and man made infrastructures it becomes abundantly clear that such an autonomy does not exist, and everything is interconnected in a vast, complex ecosystem. Through a multidisciplinary practice that includes mixed media, assemblage, installation and performance, I imagine a space where everything exists simultaneously permeating, fragmenting and intertwining in relation to the other.

I work primarily with found objects and organic materials with the intent to test their physical limits and blur their boundaries. I often use extreme methods such as fire, a pickaxe or a sledgehammer to break down the object only to then reassemble it anew, fusing it with other materials in the process. Using annihilation and preservation as creative modes, I attempt to destabilize, invert and reconfigure binaries such as interior and exterior, back and front, body and environment.

Through my art, I suspend the idea that everything is discrete as a starting point for redefining the boundaries of objects and spaces in relation to each other. I aim to connect to the viewer through physical, psychological and spiritual encounters with the work rather than through recognizable imagery. By expanding our conceptualization of objects such as the body, I hope to reveal the underlying structures and overlaps between things and perhaps look toward the imperceptible.

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  • Victor's Wreath
    2016
    plywood, latex paint, wire
    37" x 31"

  • Fall, Break
    2016
    plywood, branches, acrylic and latex paint
    52" x 36"

  • Plot
    2016
    plywood, adhesive, plaster, latex paint
    33" x 33"

  • Logged-in
    2016
    plywood, branches, metal, adhesive
    34" x 32"

  • Surrounded
    2016
    cardboard, India ink, acrylic and latex paint
    60" x 48"

  • Shore
    2016
    cardboard, acrylic and latex paint
    60" x 48"

  • Gutter
    2016
    cardboard, India ink, acrylic and latex paint
    60" x 48"

  • Beneath
    2016
    cardboard, India ink, latex paint
    60" x 48"

  • 49
    2016
    fabric, asphalt pieces, latex paint, India ink, china maker
    63" x 43"

  • Hung
    2016
    burlap, cinder blocks, latex paint
    56" x 36"

  • Dispersion | Incarnate
    2016
    charred Ram board, black rice ink, white ink, latex paint
    84" x 36" each

  • Dermis
    2016
    cardboard, rice, plaster, latex paint, white ink, glue
    48" x 48"

  • Seepage
    2016
    cardboard, plaster, latex paint, rice
    48" x 48"

  • Emergence
    2016
    plywood, plaster, latex paint
    36" x 48"

  • Mutual Permeability
    2015
    charred plywood, rocks, plaster
    36" x 48"
 








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