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Michael Namkung
updated: 10/23/2012
website: michaelnamkung.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Cage Drawings (video still)
Footwork (video still)
Footwork
Pendulum 2 (performance residue)
Pendulum 2 (installation view)
7th Street North and NP Avenue (documentation of process)
7th Street North and NP Avenue
7th Street North and NP Avenue (detail)
Drawing Gym: Beat
Drawing Gym: Beat (embossment detail)
Drawing Gym: Beat (installation view)
Three By Sixteen and Eight by One
Drawing Gym 2: This Time It's Personal (Wall Sit)
Drawing Gym 2: This Time It's Personal (Wall Sit: Detail)
Drawing Gym 2: This Time It's Personal (Mountain Climber)
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, site-specific, biomorphic, documentary, gestural, meditative, mapping, repetition, process
 
 
Cage Drawings (video still) by Michael Namkung
Cage Drawings (video still)
dirt on concrete
2008
Dimensions variable
Footwork (video still) by Michael Namkung
Footwork (video still)
ink on paper
2009
Dimensions variable
Footwork by Michael Namkung
Footwork
ink on paper
2009
204 " x  52 " 
Pendulum 2 (performance residue) by Michael Namkung
Pendulum 2 (performance residue)
chalk on concrete floor
2010
Dimensions variable
Pendulum 2 (installation view) by Michael Namkung
Pendulum 2 (installation view)
video on chalk on concrete floor
2010
Dimensions variable
7th Street North and NP Avenue (documentation of process) by Michael Namkung
7th Street North and NP Avenue (documentation of process)
graphite on paper
2010
Dimensions variable
7th Street North and NP Avenue by Michael Namkung
7th Street North and NP Avenue
graphite on paper
2010
120 " x  300 " 
7th Street North and NP Avenue (detail) by Michael Namkung
7th Street North and NP Avenue (detail)
graphite on paper
2010
Dimensions variable
Drawing Gym: Beat by Michael Namkung
Drawing Gym: Beat
medicine ball and carbon paper on paper
2010
22 " x  30 " 
Drawing Gym: Beat (embossment detail) by Michael Namkung
Drawing Gym: Beat (embossment detail)
medicine ball embossment of brick wall on paper
2010
22 " x  30 " 
Drawing Gym: Beat (installation view) by Michael Namkung
Drawing Gym: Beat (installation view)
medicine ball and carbon paper on paper
2010
Dimensions variable
Three By Sixteen and Eight by One by Michael Namkung
Three By Sixteen and Eight by One
graphite on paper
2011
108" x  360" 
Drawing Gym 2: This Time It's Personal (Wall Sit) by Michael Namkung
Drawing Gym 2: This Time It's Personal (Wall Sit)
crayon, vellum, light box
2012
72 " x  96 "  x 4 " 
Drawing Gym 2: This Time It's Personal (Wall Sit: Detail) by Michael Namkung
Drawing Gym 2: This Time It's Personal (Wall Sit: Detail)
crayon, vellum, lightbox
2012
Dimensions variable
Drawing Gym 2: This Time It's Personal (Mountain Climber) by Michael Namkung
Drawing Gym 2: This Time It's Personal (Mountain Climber)
graphite on paper
2012
41 " x  26 " 

Artist Statement
 

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.