Michael Arcega

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Biography

MICHAEL ARCEGA

Born: 1973, Manila, Philippines

Education:

2009 Stanford University, Stanford, CA
MFA, Art Practice
1999 San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
BFA, Interdisciplinary Studies

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2012 "Baby and the Nacirema," The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"Montalvo Historical Fabrications and Souvenirs" (A Pop-Up Shop in collaboration with Stephanie Syjuco), Montalvo Arts Center, Project Space Gallery, Saratoga, CA
2010 "Valencia Street Posts," Permanent Public Art Commission, San Francisco, CA
"omg," Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
2009 "The Collaspe," Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CA
"Overlook," The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
2008 "Misusefulness," Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, NY
"Futilitarianism," Nu'uanu Gallery at Marks Garage, Honolulu, HI
"Built for Life: Secret Deaths," B-So Space Gallery, California State University, Chico, CA
2007 "Homing Pidgin," Collections Connections Program, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
2006 "Getting Mid-Evil," Heather Marx Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005 "CERCA Series: Michael Arcega," Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Downtown,
San Diego, CA
2004 "Divide and Concur," Lucky Tackle, Oakland, CA
2002 "Plein Hair," Leefahsalung at the New Chinatown Barbershop, Los Angeles, CA
"Artist in Residence," DeYoung Art Center, San Francisco, CA
2000 "Objects and Installations," Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CA (with Robert Gutierrez)

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2013 "We Are the New Year," Artadia, New York, NY
2012 "Outfitters: The Contemporary Art of Clothing," Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
"The Future is NOW: Asian America on its Own Terms," Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, SOMArts Main Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011 "Sea Change: The 10th Anniversary Exhibition," Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, CA
"Sea Worthy: An Exhibition," EFA Project Space, New York, NY
2010 "Celebrate! San Francisco," Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
"Joan Mitchell Foundation: 2009 MFA Grant Recipients," Cue Art Foundation, New York, NY
"Neither Swords Nor Plowshares: Functional (F)Utilities," Cerritos College Art Gallery, Norwalk, CA
"Geography of Trans-territories," Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco, CA (curated by Hou Hanru)
"Chain Reaction 11," San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"Headlands MFA Fellows Exhibition," Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
2009 "Hot and Cold: The End is Here," Baer Ridgway Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA
"It's Not Us, It's You: A Show About Rejection," San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art,
San Jose, CA (curated by Ray Beldner)
"Cartographic Imagination: Mapping in Contemporary California Art," Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
"Futura Manila," Osage Singapore, Singapore (traveling to Osage Gallery Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
"Wünderflater," Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery, Stanford, CA (MFA thesis exhibition)
2008 "2008 California Biennial," Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA
"The Shape of Things: Paper Traditions and Transformations," Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, CA
"The Whole World is Watching," Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA (curated by
Irene Tsatsos)
"Shifted Focus," Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco, CA
"Mellow Fever," La Galerie des Galeries, Paris, France
"Age of Everything," Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery, Stanford, CA
2007 "Moving Cultures (...all over the map)," Euphrat Museum of Art, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA (curated by Jan Rindfleisch)
"Red Hot: Contemporary Asian Art Rising," Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
"The Landscape of War," San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA (curated by Anne Birle Veh)
"Quote Unquote," NURTUREart Gallery, New York, NY (curated by Yaelle Amir)
"Galleon Trade: Philippines - California - Mexico," Mag:Net Galleries and Green Papaya Gallery, Manila, Philippines
"Past Over," Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
"The Landscape of War: Transformation of the Familiar," 142 Throckmorton Theatre, Mill Valley, CA (curated by Anne Birle Veh)
2006 "One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now," Asia Society, New York, NY (curated by Melissa Chiu, Karen Higa, and Susette Min; traveling to The Blaffer Museum, University of Houston, Houston, TX, 2007; The Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA, 2007; the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, CA, 2008; and the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI, 2008)
"Alimatuan: The Emerging Artist as American Filipino," The Contemporary Art Museum, Honolulu, HI (curated by Koan Jeff Baysa & Michael Rooks)
"Material Abuse," Caren Golden Fine Art, New York, NY (traveling to Clifford Gallery at Colgate University, Hamilton, NY)
"Remoteviewing3," Tahoe Gallery, Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, NV (curated by Cherie Louise Turner)
"Paper Trails," Howard House Contemporary Art, Seattle, WA
2005 "Big Deal," Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
"Little Odysseys," Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
"Pirated: a post asian perspective," Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco, CA
"Visual Alchemy," Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA
2004 "California Dreamin'," Heather Marx Gallery, San Francisco, CA
-scope Miami, TownHouse Hotel, Miami Beach, FL
"A Spoonful of Sugar," The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA
(curated by Jackie Sumell)
"intercourse: The Bay Area Show," Tangent Gallery, Detroit, MI (curated by Sacha Eckes)
2003 "Place Particular," Blackbird Space, San Francisco, CA
"Mystery Ball," Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
"I Dart SF," New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA (curated by Oliver Rosenberg)
"Connections," Balazo/Mission Badlands Gallery, San Francisco, CA (connected by Chris Sollars)
2002 "Axis of Good," Galleria Ze Dos Bois, Lisbon, Portugal
"APAture 2002," (presented by the Kearny Street Workshop Organization), SomArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
"Register This," Studio Z, San Francisco, CA (curated by Erica Mohar)
"Inspiring Narrative," Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"wareMENTAL," Balazo/Mission Badlands Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2001 "Luminous Wonders of the Electric World," New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA
"APAture 2001," (presented by the Kearny Street Workshop Organization), SomArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA
"Census 2000: Asian Pacific Islander Americans," Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, CA (curated by Betty Kano)
"Emerge 2001," San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
"Synesthesia," Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
"Backstage/Frontstage," Balazo/Mission Badlands Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"Atlas(t)," Galeria de la Raza, San Francisco, CA (curated by Claire Light and Jaime Cortez)
2000 "Fuzzy Logic," Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA (curated by Tom Finkelpearl)
"Salon de Basura," Stain, San Francisco, CA (curated by Emael)
"A Online Media Event," San Francisco Design Center, San Francisco, CA (curated by Julina Togonon)
"The 4th Annual Diablo Show," Balazo/Mission Badlands Gallery, San Francisco, CA (curated by Chucho)
"Objects and Installations," Bucheon Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"I Am(erican)," Oakland Asian Cultural Center, Oakland, CA (curated by Jason Jong)
1999 "The Art Council Award Exhibition," Jernigan Wicker Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA (juried by Anthony Miller, Larry Rinder, and Catherine Wagner)
"What is art for?" Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA (curated by William T. Wiley and Mary Hull Webster)
"Not From Concentrate," Washington Square Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"They Exist!" Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA (curated by Megan Oldenberger)
"Deterritorialization," (televised video art exhibition, curated by Emael)
"Recreating America," New College of California Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"Escape Artists," Washington Square Gallery, San Francisco, CA (curated by Cyril Celiz)
1998 "The Fifth Annual Filipino American Arts Exposition," Yerba Buena Gardens,
San Francisco, CA
"1896 Philippine Revolution, The Struggle Continues," (in accordance with the League of Filipino Students), The Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA
"America's (Not Funny) Videos," Artist Television Access, San Francisco, CA (curated by Tony Labat)
1995 "Simply Red," The DA Gallery, Pomona, CA

Awards and Residencies:

2013 Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE
Al Riwaq Art Space, Adliya, Bahrain
2012 Guggenheim Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York, NY
Artadia Artist-in-Residence, New York, NY
The Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL
Montalvo Residency: Montalvo Art Center, Saratoga, CA
2010 Montalvo Residency: Montalvo Art Center, Saratoga, CA
Valencia Street Posts: public art project, San Francisco Arts Commission,
San Francisco, CA
2009 The Joan Mitchell Foundation, MFA Grant, New York, NY
Headlands Center for the Arts, MFA Fellowship, Sausalito, CA
Catalyst Artist in Residence, The Contemporary Museum Honolulu, Honolulu, HI
2008 Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship in the Fine Arts, The San Francisco Foundation,
San Francisco, CA
2007 Visions from the New California Award, Alliance of Artists Communities, Providence, RI
Guardian Local Outstanding Discovery Award (Goldie) for Visual Art
2005 Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
2002 DeYoung Art Center, San Francisco, CA
1999 Art Council Juror's Award

Selected Collections:

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Selected Bibliography:

2011 Feinstein, Lea, "'Sea Change: Part One' at Marx & Zavattero," ARTnews, December, p. 113
Chapple-Mazinani, Thomas, Almanac: An Index of Current Work and Thought, Stanford University Department of Art and Art History
Schultz, Charles, "Sea Worthy," The Brooklyn Rail, June 10
2010 Weiner, Andrew Stephan, "Tracking the New Geographies," X-TRA, Winter
King, John, "Wheels of Change on Valencia Street in S.F.," San Francisco Chronicle, July 20
Vikram, Anuradha, "Bay Area Emergent: Galleries and Artists put San Francisco Back on the Map," artillery, May/June, p. 24
Lozano, Elysa, "Geography of Transterritories," Art Practical, May 20
Cartographic Imagination: Mapping in Contemporary California Art (exhibition catalogue),
Fine Arts Gallery, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
2009 Eisenhart, Mary, "Don"t Miss: The Collaspe," San Francisco Chronicle (96 Hours section), October 29, p. 12
Swanhuyser, Hiya, "A Big-Tent Party," SF Weekly (Night & Day Section), October 21, p. 24
Goldberg, David A.M., "Overhead and Underfoot," Honolulu Advertiser, July 29
Morse, Marcia, "New Heights," Honolulu Weekly, July 15
Oshiro, Joleen, "Beauty & the Blight," Star Bulletin, July 12
O'Malley, Susan, "Wunderflater at Stanford," sjicatalkingart.wordpress, June 18
Vikram, Anuradha, "Wunderflater: 2009 Stanford MFA Exhibition," Shotgun Review, June
Marks, Ben, "It"s Not Us, It"s You," KQED.org Arts, May
2008 Morse, Marcia, "Identity aesthetics," Honolulu Weekly, August
Gail-White, Victoria, "Utility in Futility," Honolulu Advertiser, July 13
Tuohy, Matt, "Michael Arcega: Sculpture," MidWeek, June 27
Harper, Will (Editor), "Best Artist: Michael Arcega," SF Weekly's Best of San Francisco 2008, May 28, p. 148
Kucharski, S.R., "The Landscape of War," Shotgun Review, January 15
2007 Helfand, Glen, "Michael Arcega: de Young Museum," Artforum, December, p. 360-1
Pritikin, Renny, "Michael Arcega at de Young Museum," Shotgun Review, December 16
Gant, Michael S., "Notes From The Front," Metro Silicon Valley, December 12, p. 60
Bing, Alison, " 'One Way or Another' at the Berkeley Art Museum," Artweek, December/January, p. 12
Koppman, Debra, " 'Moving Cultures' at the Euphrat Museum of Art," Artweek, December/January, p. 16
Chun, Kimberly, "Goldies 2007: The Guardian Local Outstanding Discovery Awards (Visual art: Michael Arcega)," SF Bay Guardian, November 7, p. 40
Helfand, Glen, "Visual raids: We place our bets on the best gallery and museum shows this fall," SF Bay Guardian, August 22
Liu, Timothy, "One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now," Art Papers, May, p. 68
Li, Vivian, "Dislocating Asian American Art," glasstire.com, March
"Art with an 'Asian' Perspective," Yellow Magazine, February, p. 17
Keppler, Nick, "Asia Minor: Ethnic tradition doesn't define these artists," Houston Press, January 25, p. 21, 26
2006 Yang, Jeff, "Asian Pop: Art Breakers," SFGate.com, October 16
Chiu, Melissa, Higa, Karin, & Min, Susette, One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now (Exhibition Catalogue), Asia Society, New York, NY in association with Yale University Press, New Haven, CT
Morse, Marcia, "'Alimatuan' at the Contemporary Museum," Artweek, September, p. 21
Smith, Roberta, "A Melange of Asian Roots and Shifting Identities," The New York Times, September 8
Cha, Carina, "Michael Arcega: Heather Marx Gallery," Art Asia Pacific, No. 50
Fall, p. 124
Johnson, Ken, "Material Abuse," The New York Times, July 21
Janku, Laura Richard, "Michael Raymon Nemesio Libunao Arcega," Sculpture, July/August, Vol. 25 No. 6, p. 70
Morse, Marcia, "Point of departure," Honolulu Weekly, July 19, p. 23
Gaucys, Peter, "'Short-Sheeting: Paper, Paper, Everywhere - But Thin,"
The Stranger, (Seattle, WA), June 8
Dyke, Timothy, "'Alimatuan' employs wit, culture in enthralling show," The Honolulu Advertiser, (Island Life section), June 4
Rooks, Michael (Editor), Alimatuan: The Emerging Artist as American Filipino (Exhibition Catalogue), The Contemporary Museum Honolulu, Honolulu, HI
Buchner, Clark, "Profit-free zone," ArtReview, May, p. 95
Bhaumik, Sita, "All Puns Intended," Hyphen, Summer, p. 015
"Think Globally," SPARK*, KQED Channel 9, San Francisco, CA
Helfand, Glen, "Michael Arcega: Heather Marx Gallery, San Francisco,"
Art on Paper, March/April, p. 77
Bing, Alison, "Military Intelligence at Last," SFGate.com Art ePick, March 2-8
Harmanci, Reyhan, "Bilingual Vision: Filipino artist employs a cultural characteristic to address the present via the past," San Francisco Chronicle, (96 Hours Section), February 16, p. 22
Reed, Victoria, "Michael Arcega at MCA San Diego," Artweek, February,
p. 17-18
Nataraj, Nirmala, "What Evil Lurks in the Arts of Men?," SF Weekly (Night & Day Section), February 1, p. 18
2005 Smith, Roberta, "Art in Review: Little Odysseys," The New York Times,
August 19
Pincus, Robert L., "Down to the Sea in Ships: Michael Arcega pushes conceptual, populist boundaries at MCASD," San Diego Union-Tribune,
November 24, p. 34
Orden, Abraham, "Aperto San Francisco," Flash Art, July-September, p. 71
Tunks, Jane, "Art Bandits," SF Weekly, May 4
Bing, Alison, "Large as Life," SFGate.com Art ePick, February 10-16
Tunks, Jane, "Extreme Exhibitionists," SF Weekly, January 19, p. 23
2004 Buckner, Clark, " 'A Spoonful of Sugar' at The Luggage Store," Artweek, November, Vol. 35 Issue 9, p. 15
Orden, Abraham, "San Francisco Days," artnet magazine, October 8
Swanhuyser, Hiya, "Sugar and Spice," SF Weekly, September 15, p. 24
Keats, Jonathon, "Party Arty," San Francisco Magazine, June, p. 92-93
Cobb, Chris, "Mike Arcega at Lucky Tackle," Flash Art, May/June, p. 76
Helfand, Glen, "Dream On: Three artists entertainingly deflate Left Coast mythologies," SF Bay Guardian, April 21, p. 46
Bing, Alison, "Golden State of Mind," SFGate.com Art ePick, April 22-28
Greene, Josh, "Dare to Dream," 7x7 Magazine, April, p. 32
"10 Days," Santa Rosa Press Democrat, April 1, p. D3
"Big Calendar," Contra Costa Times, March 21
Swanhuyser, Hiya, "Dog Bites: The Manila Envelope, Please," SF Weekly, March 31, p. 15
Helfand, Glen, "San Francisco Critics Picks: Michael Arcega at Lucky Tackle," artforum.com, March
2003 Mirzoeff, Nicholas, "Newspapers." Art Journal, Summer
2002 Cheng, DeWitt, "Register This," sanfranciscoartmagazine.com, Vol. 2,
Issue No. 5, May
2001 Santa Ana, Grace, "Louder than Words," Philippine News - Region,
October 3-9
Golonu, Berin, "Previews: Census 2000," Artweek, September
Lai, Yi Hai, "Atlas(t)," Asian Week, Vol. 22, No. 29, March 8-14
2000 Manalo, Alan (Radio Interview), Stay Pinoy Radio, KEST AM 1450, March
1999 Lacson, Margaret (TV Interview), Filipino American Report, KMTP Channel 32, December
Fuentes, Gerard, "Dialogue in Abstraction," Asian Week, Vol. 20, No.48,
July 29 - August 4
"At another art exhibit...," KAYUMANGGI, The Brown Mag, Vol.1, No.4
Nissen, Dorothy, and Studio dotWiz, "What Good is Art?," Oakland Museum of California publication for the exhibit "What is Art For?", February
1997 "Open Systems" (exhibition catalogue), curated by Werner Klotz and Georg Ditzler, May
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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MICHAEL ARCEGA: THE COLLASPE
October 24 - December 5, 2009

Opening Reception for the Artist: Saturday, October 24 from 5:00 - 7:30 PM

***During the run of the exhibition, 15% of all sales of Arcega's work -- both current and past -- will be donated to The Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC)


For more information, contact Steve Zavattero
Phone: 415.627.9111/e-mail: info@marxzav.com
Website: www.marxzav.com

San Francisco-based artist Michael Arcega's eagerly anticipated second solo exhibition at Marx & Zavattero will present a multi-dimensional installation that explores a meditative post-apocalyptic atmosphere. On the heels of several important exhibitions throughout the country and abroad, and the completion of his MFA at Stanford University this past Spring, Arcega draws from a wealth of artistic investigations -- many of which wryly deal with episodes of power, tragedy, human folly, and recently, the possibilities of renewal.

Arcega is widely known for his sense of humor in which wordplay and materials take on multiple meanings that affect a variety of responses and understandings. The new work in The Collaspe will feature sculptures based on tent architecture and reclaimed architectural components that become devastated sites. "Survivalist and bunker mentality has been pushed to the front of our consciousness with cultural products like Survivorman, Man Versus Wild, The Colony, 28 Days Later, The Road, The Inconvenient Truth, Battlestar Galactica and so on," says Arcega, "and has helped to foster this new body of work, which explores issues regarding the ongoing fear of instant global annihilation with a long, drawn-out survival."

Arcega meticulously rescues discarded and blemished wood banisters by adding architectural sites into their devastated areas. They are then arranged into a forest-like floor installation alongside a tent structure, which will house a moody projection of mist and random acts of decay and violence. By featuring support structures found inside a home opposite an imagined and somewhat surreal recreational campsite, Arcega dramatizes the conflict between permanence and transitory modes of survival. In reclaiming these discarded objects, and adding to their broken spaces, Arcega poignantly fosters a sense of renewal and the possibility of rebuilding. Hints of Hurricane Katrina, the recent devastating floods in his homeland of Manila, and earthquakes and tsunamis in Oceania echo here as well.

Arcega's rare ability to examine, critique, and unsettle the concept of power and survival with a swashbuckling sense of humor and compassion promises to yield a poignant exhibition.

In 2009, Arcega was the recipient of The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, as well as the Headlands Center for the Arts MFA Fellowship, and the Catalyst Artist in Residence at The Contemporary Museum Honolulu. Recent solo shows include Homing Pidgin, the de Young Museum, San Francisco; CERCA Series: Michael Arcega, The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Misusefulness, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, NY; and Futilitarianism, Nu'uanu Gallery at Marks Garage, Honolulu, HI, among many others. Group exhibitions include the 2008 California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; the national traveling exhibition One Way Or Another: Asian American Art Now, which originated at the Asia Society in New York; and Alimatuan: The Emerging Artist as American Filipino, the Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI, among several others. Arcega's work has also been exhibited widely over the past 15 years in such venues as the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Euphrat Museum of Art, Mag:Net Galleries and Green Papaya Gallery (Manila, Philippines), Caren Golden Fine Art, The Luggage Store, Southern Exposure, Ze Dos Bois (Lisbon, Portugal), and Marianne Boesky Gallery, among others. His work has been featured and reviewed in The New York Times, The San-Diego Union-Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, Flash Art, Artforum, Artweek, SF Weekly, 7 x7 Magazine, SF Bay Guardian, Sculpture Magazine, artnetmagazine.com, Honolulu Advertiser, Art review, Hyphen, Houston Press, SFGate.com, and Asian Week, among several other publications.

Arcega received his MFA from Stanford University in 2009, and a BFA in Interdisciplinary Studies at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1998. The artist lives and works in San Francisco.

 

Although sculptural, language and humor plays an important role in my work. Discussing serious subjects can be delivered in a cloak of humor more easily, much like stand-up comedians do. I try to deliver my work in similar rhythms and techniques. Titles function as theses that reveal the subtext of the work. By slightly altering common expressions or utilizing typos, mispronunciations, and accents, the work is intertwined with an awkward pause- a perceptual shift occurs. The viewer, like when in dialog, pauses to toggle between conflicting ideas in a phrase- both linguistic and visual.

My materials often carry cultural significance that is inherently folded into the whole work. They are often manipulated and crafted to function like their textual counterparts. Together, text and objects function as phrases that comment at, allude to, and explore asymmetric power relations.

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