I practice drawing under physical duress to explore a state of consciousness that is rooted in the body. Investigations of material, movement and architecture lead me to explore the physical relationship between the body and its environment by attending to the sensory experience of the drawing body as it negotiates space and surface. I am intrigued by the relationship of attention in drawing to attention in the body—drawing with all the senses. The work explores questions of human potential that emerge when we push beyond perceived limits and reveal our human vulnerabilities.
Artist Bio / CV
Michael Namkung is an interdisciplinary artist whose work draws from the language of sports training and athletic performance, and explores the sensory experiences of drawing under physical strain. In his recent work, Drawing Gym 2: This Time It’s Personal, he studied to become a certified personal trainer, and investigated questions of process and transformation by working with others to make exercise-based drawings over time. In addition to ongoing solo performance work, he also facilitates collaborative drawing events with his Drawing Gym Performance Group.
Michael holds a BA and a MEd from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MFA in Drawing and Painting from San Francisco State University, where he received the College of Creative Arts Master’s Hood. He has performed and exhibited in venues such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, the LAB, Root Division, Kearny Street Workshop, the Richmond Art Center, the POW! Performance Art Festival, and the Waterloo Center for the Arts. He is a recent recipient of an Individual Artist Commission Cultural Equity Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission, an Investing in Artists Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, and a Tanne Foundation Award.