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Michael St.Germain
updated: 07/10/2012
website: www.mikesartnook.blogspot.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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I trusted you God
I made a killing.
bullshit walks
drawn and quartered
earning respect
rippled
placid
restless
visitation
easel
moma
harvest
splat
drippy
corpus callosum
 
Portfolio Keywords:  language, conceptual, biomorphic, organic, abstract, figurative, surreal, gestural, landscape, nature
 
 
I trusted you God by Michael St.Germain
I trusted you God
pigmented marker on dollar bill
2012
2.56" x  6.13" 
I made a killing. by Michael St.Germain
I made a killing.
pigmented marker on dollar bill
2012
2.56" x  6.13" 
bullshit walks by Michael St.Germain
bullshit walks
pigmented marker on dollar bill
2012
2.56" x  6.13" 
drawn and quartered by Michael St.Germain
drawn and quartered
pigmented marker on dollar bill
2012
2.56" x  6.13" 
earning respect by Michael St.Germain
earning respect
pigmented marker on dollar bill
2012
2.56" x  6.13" 
rippled by Michael St.Germain
rippled
acrylic n inner tube
2008
28 " x  28 "  x 5.5 " 
placid by Michael St.Germain
placid
acrylic on life jacket
2008
21" x  13"  x 3" 
restless by Michael St.Germain
restless
acrylic on life jacket
2008
21" x  13"  x 3" 
visitation by Michael St.Germain
visitation
ink on snapshot
2008
5 " x  7 " 
easel by Michael St.Germain
easel
ink on snapshot
2007
5" x  7" 
moma by Michael St.Germain
moma
ink on snapshot
2007
5" x  7" 
harvest by Michael St.Germain
harvest
ink on snapshot
2007
5" x  7" 
splat by Michael St.Germain
splat
ink on snapshot
2007
5" x  7" 
drippy by Michael St.Germain
drippy
ink on snapshot
2008
5" x  7" 
corpus callosum by Michael St.Germain
corpus callosum
ink on snapshot
2008
5" x  7" 

Artist Statement

Dollar Bills

I have a conflicted relationship with money. I have never been successful making money as an artist or otherwise, and have often relied on the charitable contributions of others.

I sense my fiscal impotence.

It’s high time I share my two cents with George…

This is a “write over” of my relationship with money. There’s plenty of sarcasm, social commentary, cheap wit, and autobiography.

I can die in peace knowing that my two cents are worth a buck.

 

Life Jackets

The formal tone and tidy appearance of the text on the lifejackets and inner tube suggest that these objects were not made in haste. But could they have been made (before or after the fact) by a person set adrift?

There are metaphorical considerations…

The ocean looks like a plane.  It exhibits a wide spectrum of surface effects caused by the presence of wind, tide and rain. Could the ocean surface represent a Modernist “all over” approach to the picture plane?                                                                                      

 

Ink Altered Photographs

The intrusive and unfamiliar forces lurking behind the predictability of everyday routine and perception are the subjects of my ink altered photographs.

The massive hallucinatory and organic figures appear to have the potential to enact bodily harm and sow societal disruption. They are unknown (read: dangerous) and massive (read: powerful).

Oddly, there is no photographic evidence suggesting that any damage has been caused by these beings. Trees and structures appear intact. People walk by casually and apparently unaware.

Perhaps these works document the artist’s unknown and unameable projections onto the outside world. If so, at what costs, both real and imagined, will these beings survive?

 

Artist Bio / CV


Exhibitions

Atlantic Works Gallery, East Boston, MA

"Responding to Darkness", 5/09

 

Gallery Meno Parkas, Kaunas, Lithuania
“Postcard”, 12/05

Yatoo, Gongju, South Korea
“About-From-For-Nature”, 10/05

Silas-Kenyon Gallery, Provincetown, MA
“New Work”, 9/05
“A Drawing Show”, 5/05

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
“Trashformations East”, 1/05
traveling and catalog: Copia, Napa, CA, 1/06
Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA, 9/06
Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, Ohio, 2/07
Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, Ohio, 2/07

Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA
“2004 Boston Drawing Show”, 1/04

Rose Art Museum, Waltham, MA
“bad touch”, 9/03
traveling: Beaker Gallery, Tampa, FL, 7/04

Etc.

Staedelschule, Frankfurt, Germany
“Rundgang”, an exhibition of artist portfolios, 2/06

Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA
flat files, 7/06

Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn, NY
flat files, 4/05

Bibliography

Gretchen Keyworth and Lloyd Herman, Trashformations East
Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, 05

Christine Temin, “In Three Exhibits at the Rose, Statements in Nonconformity”,
Boston Sunday Globe, 11/16/03

Education

Painting Department, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, BFA, 2004

School of Management, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, BS, 1988