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Gina Michaels

5535 Lena St.
Philadelphia, PA 19144, U.S.A.
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Phone: 215.713.0505
Email: gina@ginamichaels.com
URL: http://www.ginamichaels.com

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Gina Michaels’s “Hand Plants” juxtapose human and botanical forms in unexpected, but somehow natural, relationships.

 

Rather than using bronze to replicate forms created in another material, Gina uses it directly, combining the ancient tradition of cast bronze with the contemporary open forms of fabricated metal sculpture. In a spirit of meditation and play, of non-verbal (or pre-verbal) experience, Gina presses her hands, arms, legs and feet into casting sand, imprinting the expressive energy of the body directly in the mold. She also draws in the sand, recording the speed and arc of various movements. She then ladles molten bronze directly into the hollows created by the body. The immediacy of the flowing metal, and the happy accidents that occur in the process, are an integral part of the work.

 

With this spontaneous, collage-like vocabulary, Gina explores the structural and emotional relationship between humans and plants. The resulting “Hand Plants” are at once animal (body), vegetable (plant) and mineral (bronze). They occupy the boundaries between these worlds, and between the realm of things tangible and the realm of the spirit and are full of visual puns and double entrendres.  A hand is a leaf, or the earth itself. Fingers are flower petals that invite close inspection, but might also poke the viewer in the eye.

 

Gina Michaels’s work has been featured in numerous solo, group and public art exhibitions in New York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Connecticut, and California.

 

 Selected Solo Exhibitions


2013 Out of Hand, Imperfect Gallery, Philadelphia PA
2012 Hybrids, Community Arts Center Sculpture Center, Wallingford PA
2012 Contemplations, Cosmopolitan Club, Philadelphia PA
2011 Improvisational Botany, Briar Bush Nature Center, Abington PA
2010 Contemplating Nature, Harrisburg Area Community College, Lancaster PA, curated by Judith Johnson
2009 Pouring Out My Heart (in bronze), Keystone Center for Arts & Culture, Lancaster PA
2005 Genesis, Projects Gallery, Philadelphia PA
2004 Climbing Jacob’s Ladder, Gratz College, Melrose Park PA
2002 Hand Plants & Impressions, Paula Barr Chelsea, New York NY
1999 Impressions , Ceres Gallery, New York NY
1996 I Never Heard of Such a Thing, Ceres Gallery, New York NY
1993 Small Bronzes, Ceres Gallery, New York NY
 

Selected Group Exhibitions


2014 On the Ground:Four Corners Art Exhibition, The Painted Bride, Philadelphia PA
2014 Ceres At 30, Ceres Gallery, New York, NY
2014 Paper Work, Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie, Trenton, NJ, curated by Elise Mannella and Gabriel Romeu
2013 A Fine Line, Bucks County Community College, Newton PA, curated by Joan Manapac
2012 Art is Ageless, New Courtland and Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia PA
2012 There’s Something About Germantown, Imperfect Gallery, Philadelphia PA
2009 In Your Dreams, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia PA
2007 Parallel Worlds, Paula Barr Chelsea, New York NY, curated by Myriam Rotzetter
2006 Metals and More, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia PA, Charles Burwell, Juror
2005 Art Miami, Miami FL, represented by Hyder Gallery, Philadelphia PA
2004 From the Studio, CFEVA, Philadelphia PA, Katherine Ware, Phila. Museum of Art, Juror
2003 Palm Desert Art Works, outdoor exhibition, Palm Desert CA., curated by John Nagus
2002 Crossing the Line, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia PA, Paul Hubbard, Juror
2000 Philadelphia…2000, outdoor exhibition, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia PA
1999 Ceres at Fifteen, Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn NY
1998 A Sense of Self, Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, Philadelphia PA
1998 Philadelphia Sculptors, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton NJ
1997 Art and Faith, Wagman Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA
1996 Closed & Open Form, NY Studio School, New York NY, Michael Brenson, Juror
1994 Figuratively Speaking, Hurlbutt Gallery, Greenwich CT
1992 Ceres on Broadway, Ceres Gallery, New York NY
1989 On the Move, Metropolitan Transit Authority, New York NY

 

Awards and Honors


2011 New Courtland Artist Fellowship, Philadelphia, PA
2008 Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA
2005,6 Artist in Residence, Woodrow Wilson Middle School, Philadelphia, PA
2005 Finalist, Southeastern PA Transit Authority gate project
2004 Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT

 

Selected Bibliography


Edward J. Sozanski, “Outdoor Artwork Aims for a Natural Fit,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 22, 2002
Roberta Fallon, “Sticks and Stones,” Philadelphia Weekly, July 10, 2002
Burton Wasserman, “Art in the Environment,” Art Matters, September, 2002
Renee Lucas Wayne, “The Art of Womanhood,” Philadelphia Daily News, November 16, 1998

 

Education and Training


1993 MFA, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA
1976-8 New York Studio School, New York NY
1976 BA, Art & Art History, Oberlin College, Oberlin OH
1975 Apprenticeship with sculptor Joel Shapiro, New York NY