SAMSTAG ALUMNI 2005

Michael Graeve
Born 1971, Melbourne, Victoria

The great shadow of Modernism casts itself across all these works, as it casts itself over everything else. It is quite inescapable. Here, the phenomenon of Modernism is both revered – as is evident in the artists' use of materials, tools and techniques that carry an aura of sleek modernity  and decried......Modernism is (or was) a hydraheaded monster and these artists, like most of those who set out to escape it, end up by paying it homage. It is, after all, the only reference point we have, for better or for worse, and we construct Modernism in a multitude of ways, each according to our own needs.

Peter Timms from his Samstag catalogue essay, Art in an Age of Anxiety
 
2005 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship
2005 MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA 
2004 Master of Arts, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne 
2000 Bachelor of Arts (Media Arts), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne 
1996 Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art (Honours), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne 

Artist's website
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