Painters & Sculptors Program 2017 Michael Wang

Painters & Sculptors Program

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Michael Wang

New York, NY

Michael Wang uses systems that operate on a global scale as media for art: species distribution, climate change, and the global economy. He holds an M.Arch. from Princeton University, an MA from New York University, and a BA from Harvard University. Selected exhibitions include: World Trade, Foxy Production, New York (2017, solo exhibition); Curate – Extinct in the Wild, Fondazione Prada, Milan (2017, solo exhibition); Souvenirs: New New York Icons, Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York (2017); 99 Cents or Less, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI (2017); Parcours, Art Basel, Basel (2016); RIVALS, Andrea Rosen Gallery 2, New York (2014-15, solo exhibition); Monument to Cold War Victory, The Cooper Union, New York (2014); and As We Were Saying: Art and Identity in the Age of ‘Post’, The Elizabeth Foundation, New York (2014). He is represented by Foxy Production in New York, where he lives and works.

“My work emerges at the intersection of an art object and larger external systems. In the ongoing series Carbon Copies, I link the production of artworks to the release of greenhouse gases, calculating and sculpting the invisible carbon footprints of recent well-known artworks.”

  • Carbon Copies (detail), 2012-, mixed media, certificates, negative tons CO2, dimensions variable

  • Wisentdenkmal (detail), 2013, 17 panels, red bole and graphite on paper, 20 x 20 inches each

  • Basler Münster (installation view), 2016, 6 panels, limestone and sandstone, binder, linen, 38.5 x 38.5 inches each

  • Extinct in the Wild (installation view), 2017, living organisms, lights, glass and aluminum, dimensions variable

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.