United States of America
Steps in Line
Michael Claire is a visual artist, journalist and chef who has lived in South Korea, India and England, places where he took inspiration not only for the kitchen but also for the visual. During his stay in Buenos Aires, he was moving around the city mainly on foot, as roaming and transiting through the city are an important part of his artistic project. He is keeping a careful record of his travels on maps and uses this as a basis for his large-scale abstract drawings.
Music, in any form, is foundational to my process. I find it a useful and necessary distraction to get my mind to a more meditative state, and it’s in this space where I can react in more instinctive, emotive ways. In this state, color and shape can more accurately reflect my mood, and more easily reflect the movement and energy of the space I’m working in.
1983 | Fort Riley. USA.
Lives and works in Chicago. Illinois, USA.
2007 | BA in Journalism at the Columbia College Chicago. USA.
2017 | Art for Life Group Show, Fulton Market Gallery. Chicago, USA.
2017 | Emerging Artist Exhibit, Morpho Gallery. Chicago, USA.
2017 | DIFFA Chicago Art for Life Exhibit & Auction, Venue One. Chicago, USA.
2016 | Centerline Exhibit, Zhou B Art Center. Chicago, USA.
2017 | Create Magazine May Issue.
Open Studio #8
Artists in Dialogue
On Friday, August 25th, 2017 we held an Open Studio as a closing to the residency period of ´acePIRAR | Artist-in-Residency International Program. The four artists-in-residency presented their works in process in each of their workspaces, generating dialogues, suggestions and relevant contributions from those who visited us.
Wah Yan Au (Hong Kong) showed her artist book in process and the photolithographies she did, and she also shared her research experience on bookstores, independent publishers of Buenos Aires and Latin American authors.
Serene Dakak, sub30 artist from Palestine, presented her project Selfobject and spoke about how each different context affects her work, her self-portrait and her self-reflection.
Michael Claire (USA) was working in The Tower, and there he showed the significant amount of works he produced during his month in Buenos Aires. Michael took the walking tour of this city as a starting point for the artworks, in one month he used only once the public transport (which is very significant, taking into account the size of Buenos Aires). He drew on maps all his travels and took this as a formal basis for his artwork.
Bárbara Alperowicz, an artist from Buenos Aires who made a 5-days micro-Residency, also talked about her brief but intense time at ´ace, about her visual and conceptual work on what disappears or re-locates and her formal and technical search to capture or reflect on the topic.
4 artists from distant places, showed many points and interests in common from the first day. All interested by the social role of the artist in the contemporary world and very committed to their production.
In addition, the international projects El Pliego (organized by the Grupo dx5 of the University of Vigo in Pontevedra, Spain in collaboration with the Department of Philosophy and Arts of the University of Quebec in Canada) and Self-portraits 9, Montana State University session, continue on exhibit.