Bio

I believe art is most relevant when it elicits awareness and presence, while simultaneously addressing the infinite nature of time; standing upon the precarious line between action and reflection. As an artist and curator, pointing to truth in the equivocal is foundational.

Rooted in a contextually- and project-based site-specific exploration of shared experiences and performative gestures, my work investigates ephemeral and transcendental possibilities via a concise disruption and manipulation of existing systems. The disturbance of contextual presumed permanence is a core goal. My practice is flexible and shifts according to the needs of a given time and place. As Brechtian subversions of contextually associated everyday objects, situations, actions, and modes of expression, works involve object-based ?interventions and action-based tasks, a distinction that blurs and coalesces from project to project. Works begin as succinct reactions to their environment, existing first as research and exploratory exercises until ready to be performed and experienced. The novelty and vulnerability of these performances and situations refocuses people's attention on the present and reveals circumstantial truths, while expressing ideas of collectivism, universality, and presence.

Born in Puerto Rico (1986), Misael is currently based in Chicago pursuing an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Misael graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Art History from Florida Atlantic University (2008) and has shown at Open Engagement 2015, the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, Material Art Fair in Mexico City, David Castillo Gallery in Miami, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Young at Art Museum in Davie, and the Internet, amongst others, and participated in the ACRE Residency Program in Steuben, WI and HomeBase Project's HB Build Artist-in-Residence program in Berlin. 

 

Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Insitute.