Country: United Kingdom
City: Manchester
Industry: Arts & Culture
Professional Title: Mr
Specialties: +15 years experience as a contemporary artist, Curator, producer and lecturer across Art & Design

- About -

Mike Chavez-Dawson is an artist-curator based at Rogue Artists’ Studios, Manchester, UK. He was a longlisted for the 2017 Solo Award and shortlisted artist for the GM Art Prize 2016, comissioned artist for Fountain 17 as part of Hull Capital of Culture 2017, Open Submission Winner for the 2013 Emergency Arts festival, longlisted for the Open 100 proposals for Artangel’s ‘OPEN’ 2013 and the Open Submission Winner for the 2008 Whitstable Biennale. “As a conceptually-driven artist I present propositional works that are process-led, multi-part and interdisciplinary. I employ a dynamic that is playfully intuitive yet critically engaged. I tend to formulate an informed yet poetic dialogue between the works content/thematic, the modes of its production & medium/material with its potential reading. “The historical weight of the materials, methods and collaborators used in the production of my artworks are implicit and integral to its concept, such as; reclaimed materials, lost craft, precious woods, cold-cast marble dust, papier-mâché, black cling film, chalk boards, rugs/cut-carpet, replica fixings, textiles, tea/herbs, e-commerce, digital v analog, actors, musicians, hypnotists, chefs or spiritual mediums to name a few... “For the last few years I’ve been focused on an exploration of the seminal artwork 'Fountain, 1917-1964' and its 'questionable' relevance now. Though building upon this - I've returned to my fascination with alter-ego's in general and in particular my past/retired alter-ego 'Robin Nature-Bold' and their (a few versions were created) back catalogue of works/projects. “So, therefore a reflective period has begun on 'Nature-Bold' as a living portrait/modern day Tom Rakewell (a punkster/prankstar [sic] wannabe shock artist), who fudges his deluded artwork as a 'half-tongue-in-cheek-half-commentary' on the whimsical fashion of contemporary life'n'art. “An increasing trait in my work sees us continually plundering ‘arts’ constructed histories/mythology – whilst being drawn to the quirks, the esoteric, and the mania of the process." Mike Chavez-Dawson, Rogue Artists’ Studios, 03/2019 He has exhibited and performed at TATE Britain, Barbican, ICA, British Art Show 7 at Nottingham Contemporary, ZsONAMACO MÉXICO ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO 2017, Design Miami, Multiplied, LAF16, The Whitworth Art Gallery, HOME (Nee: Cornerhouse), Castlefield Gallery, Grundy Art Gallery, Summerhall, BAM, In-Situ, Harris Art Gallery & Museum, UNION, The Whitstable Biennale (2008). Chavez-Dawson has also undertaken various international shows and projects in New York, Sans Francisco, Miami, Mexico City, Rome, Lisbon, Lahore, Seoul, Helsinki, Edinburgh and Dresden.