THEO MICHAEL

Theo Michael es un generalista con una compulsión por los paisajes marinos destrozados y la espuma de poliuretano reciclada. Su práctica argumenta en contra del especismo y cree que las bacterias, las abejas, los peces y los humanos tienen la misma posición. Aunque es conocido por sus dibujos de grafito de mares agitados y criaturas extintas, en instalaciones recientes basadas en el piso, Theo propone hibridar sus propios arreglos, donde introduce errores y permite mutaciones aleatorias.

 

Las rocas, el suelo y las frutas de los mercados locales aparecen con frecuencia en sus obras, al igual que muebles extraños, partes de animales, accesorios de ciencia ficción y textos antiguos. Sus absurdas exhibiciones anarco-museográficas conducen a una dialéctica racional-irracional que desestabiliza las ideas de jerarquía y sistemas de orden.

 

En el universo de Michael, una cáscara de plátano es tan importante como cualquiera de las pinturas de Picasso y un gusano Bobbit tan complejo como cualquier CEO de una compañía de seguros. En las propias palabras del artista: "Estas obras parecen absurdas para las personas integradas en los sistemas modernos de competencia, pero deberían parecer jardines zen a cualquiera que esté horrorizado con la ortodoxia".

Theo Michael is a generalist with a compulsion for vandalized seascapes and recycled polyurethane foam. His practice argues against speciesism and he believes that bacteria, bees, fish and humans have equal standing. Although mostly known for his graphite drawings of rough seas and extinct creatures, in recent floor based installations he sets upon hybridizing his own previous arrangements in a process that introduces errors and allows for random mutations.

 

Rocks, soil and fruits from local markets frequently appear in his works as do odd furniture, animal parts, Sci-Fi props and ancient texts. His absurd anarcho-museographical displays lead to a rational-irrational dialectic which destabilizes ideas of hierarchy and systems of order. In Michael’s universe a banana peel is as significant as any of Picasso’s paintings and a Bobbit Worm as complex as any insurance company CEO. In the artists own words: “These works seem absurd to people embedded in modern competition systems but they should look like Zen gardens to anyone aghast with the orthodoxy.”

Education

2002-2003

  • MA Fine Art, Wimbledon College Of Art


2000

  • Degree in Fine Art, Utrecht School of the Arts


1996-2001

  • Degree in Fine Art, Aristotle University

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019

  • Crater Gardening, gdl90210, Guadalajara

  • Prehistory Repeats Itself, Espositivo, Madrid


2018

  • La Simetria Del Ermitaño, Casa Del Lago UNAM, Mexico City


2017

  • ARTHROPODOS, Galerie Vallois, Paris


2014

  • The Opposite Of The Opposite, Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles

  • Reptile Dialectics, Galeria OMR, Mexico City


2013

  • I Didn ́t Think Of Anything I Don ́t Know What To Do, Preteen, Mexico City 

 

2011

  • Scholars In Space, Galeria OMR, Mexico City


2009

  • Smoke From The Edge Of The Known, AMP, Athens


2001

  • Theo Michael, Steven Makris Gallery, Athens

Residencies

2019

  • Espositivo, Madrid


2018

  • Ceramica Suro, Guadalajara

Group Exhibitions

2019

  • Curved Arrows, Kunstaraum Am Schauplatz, Vienna

  • A Quien Corresponda, Kirkland Gallery, Cambridge

  • Streaming Realities Steaming, forgrace, Athens

  • Pabellon De Las Escaleras, gdl90210, Mexico City


2018

  • Be Water Again, Koraï, Nicosia

  • Nuevo Manifiesto De Cine Mexicano, Lodos Gallery, Mexico City

  • What Do You Dream Of? The Mohole Flower And Other Stories, 

  • Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paulo

  • Constellations In The Dirt, NEON, Kouphonisi

  • Cerrajeria, Lock Up International, Mexico City

  • El Apartamento Imaginario Del Dr Atl, 90210 Gdl, Mexico City

  • Geometria Primitiva, Galeria Mercado Negro, Puebla

  • Stopping Point, Daily Lazy Projects, Athens

  • Id^entity, Float Gallery, Athens


2017

  • Cabinet, David B. Smith Gallery, Denver

  • Cajuelazo, 90210, Guadalajara


2016

  • Where There Is Sea There Are Pirates, 3 137, Athens

  • Escape Routes, Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan

  • Lodos Presents A Theater Play, Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City

  • Chez Eux: Unseen Collections, Circuits&Currents, Athens

  • De Polvo, Galeria Emma Molina, MonterreyPoliticas

  • Once(11), Espacio Monitor, Caracas

  • Heroes, Galerie Vallois, Paris


2015

  • Predictions Of A One Night King, Chalet Society, Paris

  • Verto, Studiocur/art, Paris

  • Disparitions, Galerie RueVisconti, Paris

  • Mascaras Mexicanas, Palacio Nacional, Mexico City

  • Now What, Gildar Gallery, Denver

  • Greased, The Breeder, Athens

  • Alotropos, Museo Universitario Del Chopo, Mexico City

  • No Sound, Galeria Millan, Sao Paulo


2014

  • Art Basel Miami Beach Film Sector cur. by David Gryn, SoundScape Park, Miami

  • d h c m r l c h t d j; or true facts about stones, Lodos at Peregrine Program, Chicago

  • Delusions Of Decay, Curro Y Poncho, Guadalajara

  • Vernacular Alchemists, CAC-Passerelle, Brest

  • Stalactica, Quincaillerie Vander Eycken, Bruxelles

  • PLAT(T)FORM 2014, Fotomuseum Winterthur


2013

  • Under The Volcano, former post office of Nagara Gose, Nara, Japan

  • Expanding Foam And Intellectuals, ReMap4, Athens

  • The Eternal Internet Brotherhood, Mexico

  • 1:1, SteveTurnerContemporary, Los Angeles


2012

  • SOCONFUSEDLOL, Beo Project, Belgrade

  • Footnotes On Candida Hofer, OMR, Mexico City

  • American Meat Locker, L.O.T., Luisville

  • The Possessed, Triangle France, Marseille

  • BYOB, Duesseldorf


2011

  • BYOB, Miami

  • The Space Between Now And Then, OMR, Mexico City

  • Music For Insomniacs, Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City

  • Stranger In A Strange Land, Remap, Athens

  • BYOB Mexico City, Ex-Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City

  • BYOB London, The Woodmill, London


2010

  • First Biennal Of The End: Collapse, El 52, Mexico City

  • BYOB Athens, Kunsthalle Athena, Athens

  • DRAW, Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico City

  • The Destroyed Room, Galerie Im Regierungsviertel, Berlin


2009

  • Personal-Political, 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale

  • Remap 2, Athens

  • Video.it 2009, curated by Marina Fokidis, Torino


2008

  • Apartment, curated by Brian Chalkley and Lewis Amar, London

  • MI2, Art Athina, curated by K.Dagritzikos Athens


2007

  • 1st Thessaloniki Biennale, "Public Screen"

  • Part Time Punks, Deste Foundation, Athens

  • Republic, L'ESTlondon, London


2006

  • We 've lost the hearts and minds, E:vent Network, London

  • Centrefold, ZOOARTFAIR, London

  • Pay The Psychic, L'Est, London


2005

  • Bangkok Experimental Film Festival, Bangkok


2004

  • Agora, Transition Gallery, London

  • FleaMarket, TemporaryContemporary, London

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