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Michael Ensminger
updated: 02/25/2014
website: michaelensmingerstudio.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Drift
The Hagia Sophia
The Hagia Sophia
Night
Morning
Oh Mountains
Oh Mountains
Drift
Drift
Glory (After Turner)
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, abstract, process, collage, nature, meditative, landscape, spiritual, memory
 
 
Drift by Michael Ensminger
Drift
Acrylic and spray paint on paper bag
2012
22" x  21" 
The Hagia Sophia by Michael Ensminger
The Hagia Sophia
Acrylic on paper bag on stretcher
2014
22 " x  16 " 
The Hagia Sophia by Michael Ensminger
The Hagia Sophia
Acrylic on paper
2014
11 " x  8 " 
Night by Michael Ensminger
Night
Acrylic and spray paint on paper bag
2012
16 " x  10 " 
Morning by Michael Ensminger
Morning
Acrylic on paper bag
2012
16" x  10" 
Oh Mountains by Michael Ensminger
Oh Mountains
Graphite on canvas
2014
15" x  10" 
Oh Mountains by Michael Ensminger
Oh Mountains
Opaque marker on book page
2014
7" x  4" 
Drift by Michael Ensminger
Drift
Acrylic on book page
2013
12 " x  9 " 
Drift by Michael Ensminger
Drift
Glitter on bookplate
2013
12 6 " x  9 10 " 
Glory (After Turner) by Michael Ensminger
Glory (After Turner)
Acrylic on book page
2012
12 " x  9 " 

Artist Statement

 My work is a response to my movement through the world. My background in performance has always been an important feature of my visual work. My walks and rides allow me the space to interact with my surroundings and discover my subjects -- early morning light in the park, moonlight, snowfall on a lake, a construction site, a store window.

I’ve made drawings on found paper for many years and my recent work is a continuation of this obsession with found materials. My paintings and objects are rough, sometimes awkward. Yet, at the same time, they are often quietly refined. They reflect my ongoing interest in funky, “outsider” art as well as a broad range of art historical references. Nineteenth century landscape painting as well as twentieth century minimalism are central influences. Zen gardens, scholars’ rocks, and tantric drawings are also points of reference and inspiration.

The materials that I use in my work are always intentional and contribute to its meaning. I am most interested in the process of putting the work together and the structure that it forms. Rough edges, refined lines, torn paper, overlooked corners, stains, and discarded materials make up my language. There is equal value placed on traditional and nontraditional materials. Oil paint, acrylic, gouache, tape, glue, glitter, spray paint, paper bags, wood, linen, canvas, graphite, tin foil, string, wire are each important characters. I explore the “action” of making art and examine the impact, footprint, and detritus of that act. By resisting becoming “stylized”, my work remains focused on invention.

Artist Bio / CV

Exhibition Record

2013  Art From Dross, curator Karen Shaw, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY

Convergences, Nars Foundation Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2011 Secret Message, curator Karen Shaw, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY

Short Stories, FiveMyles Gallery, Brooklyn NY

 2004 Infinite Possibilities: Serial Imagery in 20th Century Drawing (Kramarsky Collection), Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA (catalogue)

2002 Sew Fine, curator Karen Shaw, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY

Unraveling, curator Claire McConaughy, superior(an exhibition space), Cleveland, OH

2001 *La Galeria de Altos de Chavon, La Romana, Dominican Republic

2000 Heads, Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Service, NY

1999 Size Matters, curator Mike Weiss, Gale Gates et al., Brooklyn, NY

1998 Cologne Art Fair, Margarete Roeder Gallery

1997 Group Show, Great Modern Pictures, NY

Series x Three, Margarete Roeder Gallery, NY

1996 *Great Modern Pictures, New York, NY

Repetition of Form, Margarete Roeder Gallery, NY

Paper, Art and the Book, Center for Book Arts, NY

Group Show, curator Thelma Golden, Kukje Gallery, Seoul, Korea

Of Modest Means, Omni Gallery, Long Island, NY

1995 *ARENA, Drawing Room, Brooklyn, NY

XI Mostra de Gravura Cidade de Curitiba/Mostra America, curator Poalo Herkenhoff, Museu da Gravura Cidada de Curitiba, Brazil

Telling Tales, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Selections Spring 1995, The Drawing Center, NY

1990 Viral Infection-The Body and It's Discontents, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY

1989 Catalogue, Gracie Mansion Gallery, NY

Fiction/Friction, P.S. 122 Gallery, NY *one person shows

Bibliography

 

Chavez, Anja, et al editors, Infinite Possibilities,Serial Imagery in 20th Century Drawings, Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA 2004

Utter, Douglas Max, Unraveling, angle: a journal of arts and culture, 2002

Tolentino, Marianne de, Alto nivel que se mantiene, Listin Diario, August 19, 2001, p. 5, (illus.)

Lee, John, Sew Fine, Islip Bulletin, 2002

Helen Harrison, Aesthetic Alchemy and Surprising Photos, New York Times, Long Island Ed., September 15, 1996

 

Websites

aboutdrawing.org