Michael D. Linares, 2016 Artist in Residence, Davidoff Art Initiative

Michael D. Linares, 2016 Artist in Residence, Davidoff Art Initiative


My goals here are to be by myself I think, I needed like some solitude in order to think on my work. I think that’s the best part of being here, actually, for me having the University or the art school specifically, because I’ve been meeting lots of people, I have, like, facilities there that I can use, like the library, and actually, I’ve been working with the students and the faculty and the University and that’s been I think the most amazing part of the whole residency. And basically that’s what I’ve been doing, I’ve been going to school to give like workshops and symposiums and showing my work to others. I’ve just finished a symposium with the master students on curiosity. That was the subject of the symposium, which was pretty interesting because it is a vast subject or topic and we think it’s, like, pretty easy, but there’s a lot to think on curiosity, and obviously something that concerns every person that works with creativity or, you know, the artistic processes. The stick film is part of a research that I started around 2013. I wanted to find material evidence on metaphor making, on the history of metaphor making. And so I came up with the stick. So I decided to use the stick as a subject of my investigation and as a représentant of maybe the first metaphor ever. I started to make a collection of images and I started to make a collection of videos. There were videos of people who are using sticks, other animals who are using sticks, too, and so I decided to make a mash-up of these videos in order to show, again, how present this object is in human everyday life. Basically I’m inspired in everyday life I think what drives me or pushes me to make art is my curiosity basically. It’s because I like and I enjoy life and I think I have… I get amazed by a lot of things that I don’t know and it is hope, it is hope I think, just knowing that you don’t know everything that for me is, yeah, yeah for me it’s what pushes me further and also when I started making art, I understood that art was one of the last or few activities that a human can do in order to be free to do, you know, within the capitalist system, in order to be free. I think I have tons of options on whatever I want to do or how I want to express and that for me is a lot and it’s something that I enjoy, you know, to be free and I think my work in a way is an evidence of that.

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