Michael Watson is a multidisciplinary artist who engages with found objects and natural materials such as plywood, rice and fire to produce process-based abstraction, installations, and performances that embrace destructive and regenerative processes. Through his work, Watson explores the space between being, substance and imperceptibility through the use of rice and other objects as a substitute for the body.
Watson received an MFA in fine arts from Parsons School of Design in 2013 and a BFA in painting from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 2006. His individual and collaborative work has been exhibited in spaces throughout the US including the Gowanus Open Studios, Gowanus Dredgers (2018), LaBodega Gallery, NY (2018), Hunterdon Art Museum, NJ (2017), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, NY (2015,16), Brooklyn Museum (2014-15), Leila Heller Gallery, NYC (2014), SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA (2014), Strange Loop Gallery, NYC (2014), Ideas City Festival via AiOP affiliated with The New Museum (2013), The Kitchen, NYC (2013), Governor’s Island Art Fair, NYC (2012/13), and the Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN (2006). His residency experience includes Arts, Letters and Numbers, Averill Park NY (2017), AIR Program 4heads Organization, NYC (2013) and the New York Studio Program, NYC (2006). Currently he is participating in the ChaShaMa studio program at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park.
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