Approved: 05.01.2014

Michael Borkowsky

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Maker, Researcher

Archived
Approved: 05.01.2014

Whilst contemplating traditional works of still life I developed a hunch: That the genre has become antiquated and void of relevance. This hunch developed into an informed investigation into how we value works of Still Life and now my practice sees me critically engaged with re-imagining the genre. I am concerned with directly involving food in my practice and exploiting the physical properties of

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    Artist Statement

    Whilst contemplating traditional works of still life I developed a hunch: That the genre has become antiquated and void of relevance. This hunch developed into an informed investigation into how we value works of Still Life and now my practice sees me critically engaged with re-imagining the genre. I am concerned with directly involving food in my practice and exploiting the physical properties of food in order to devise new ways of representing objects. I attempt to situate my work at an axis between paint and painting. Chiefly, the avenue I use to do this is the practice of creating paint from food. This serves to highlight how paint can be loaded with the connotations associated with food even before it is used, and how paint doesn't require the process of being applied to a surface in order for meaning to be attributed to it. Unused paint, when stored in a jar, can also be manipulated by the attachment of labels. These labels may not simply describe the colour contained inside, but how the paint is intended to make you feel. This derives from the experience of eating food, whereby visual presentation does not necessarily reflect the overall experience. For an audience, a way of contemplating the nature of paint is introduced that is removed from tradition, and so the value of painting and the symbolic and physical connotations of Still Life paintings are called into question.

    CV & Education

    Education & Qualifications:   

     Glyndr University, Wrexham; September 2008 - October 2012: M.A Fine Art.                    University of Chester; September 2004 - June 2007: B.A (Honours) Fine Art. 

    Forthcoming Exhibitions                                                                                              

    05th - 17th September 2014:                 'Sweet Tooth' - Funky Aardvark, Chester       

    Solo Exhibitions    

    28th Feburary – 14th March 2014:         ‘Shelf Life – Exploring Food in Art’ – KIAC, Sheffield      12th August – 23rd October 2013:         ‘Material As Practice’ – Forum Cafe, Sheffield

    Group Exhibitions                                                                                                            

     04th – 24th April 2014:                       ‘COLONIZE – SCI Collective’ – Jamestown, NY        03rd – 30th November 2012:                Cyfuno ‘A Sense Of Place’, Wrexham                      24th – 28th September 2012:              Glyndwr University M.A Show, Wrexham                    20th – 23rd September 2012:              Helfa Gelf Art Trail – Glyndwr Collective, Wrexham      26th August 2011:                              Expo! – Telford’s Warehouse, Chester                      13th – 21st May 2011:                        Neals Yard Galleries Art Exhibition, Cheste                01st – 08th June 2007:                       Degree Show  – Chester University, Chester

    Workshops                                                                                                          

      21st - 22nd September 2013:        Paint Making Demonstrations - Littlefest, Selby               1st Spetember 2013:                    Paint Making Workshop – Cupola Art Gallery, Sheffield         28th Spetember 2013:                  Paint Making Workshop – Bank Street Arts, Sheffield                                                                                                                                            Taught Lectures                                                                                                               

    3rd August 2009:                             ‘British Art History’ – Eton Summer School                   05th August 2009:                           ‘British Art History’ – Eton Summer School  

    Online Presence                                                                                          

     Website: http://michaelborkowsky.com/                                                                          Blog: http://michaelborkowsky.com/blog/                                                                Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BorkowskyArtist                                                        a-n blog: http://www.a-n.co.uk/artists_talking/projects/single/2956032                            Twitter: @mborkowsky                                    

    Related Empolyment                                                                                                     

    Visitor Assistant - Tate Liverpool - December 2009 - Present                                                

    Responsibilities:

    •  Providing excellent service to visitors
    •  Having exceptional knowledge of current and forthcoming exhibitions
    •  Invigilating and adhering to security and Health and Safety protocol
    •  Giving talks and tours about the works on display
    •  Assisting workshop classes
    •  Promoting Tate Liverpool and wider arts events.    

    Gallery and Administration Assistant -Oriel Wrecsam - August 2009 - February 2013  

    Responsibilities:

    • Being the primary point of contact to informal visitors and visitors from outside organisations
    • To liaise with the Gallery and Education Managers regarding the everyday running of the gallery
    • To possess an excellent knowledge of current and forthcoming exhibitions and education workshops
    • To prepare, produce, and complete paperwork and online data and to inform the Gallery and Education Managers of the completion of such tasks
    • To liaise with outside organisations, including various bodies within Wrexham County Council, as well as outside contractors and arts organisations
    • To record numbers of informal visitors, as well as education workshop attendees
    • To organise meetings, assist and organise events, take room bookings and check room set-ups
    • Running and maintaining the gallery shop: Including transactions, banking, and ordering stock 
    • Promoting Oriel Wrecsam and arts events with regard to the local community, including creating promotional material
    • To Condition Check work for past and forthcoming exhibitions
    • Invigilation and adhering to security and Health and Safety protocol.