Canadian Sculptures' Society

Mike Marcon

Artist Statement

My practice is multidisciplinary and is influenced by a strong interest in the study of history, particularly the impact of the colonial project and landscape ideology on masculinity and the national character. Hence, I think of myself as an anthropologist, collecting and archiving the iconography, mythology, symbols, and origins of male subcultures and nationalistic ideologies. Moreover I am interested in the ethos of violence, the romanticization of the wildness and linking forgotten representations of the past with contemporary culture. As such, using salvaged material vintage objects and images and text compiled from public archives and databases, the works that I create seek to function as mechanisms for examining and questioning the history and continued relevance of North American folklore and popular culture, along with the legacy of historiography and colonialism on nationalism and male self-representation.

Currently I am exploring a kind of masculine homeland within the greater framework of the nation state. Employing the artifacts of an explorer, as well as salvaged wood a material that speaks to the tangibility of time and history the works that I create reference identity, memory, masculinity and notions of inclusion and exclusion within the context of nationalism, tradition and the mythologizing of the landscape while their fictitious nature raises questions of historical authorship and the validity and relevance of the stories we continue to use as signifiers of collective identity.

Brief Biography

Education
2013 MFA, University of Windsor, Windsor ON
2012 BA, History, University of Windsor
2011 BFA, University of Windsor
2006 Diploma, Graphic Arts, St Clair College, Windsor

Selected Exhibitions
Solo
2012 Inland Empires, Artcite Inc., Windsor
2012 Mediated Landscapes, Thames Gallery, Chatham ON
2011 The Archive of Lost Civilizations, SoVA Projects, Windsor On
2008 Sigatoka, Artspeak Gallery, Windsor

Group
2013 SSC Presents New Members 2012, Canadian Sculpture Centre, Toronto
2012 SSC Presents 13th Juried Emerging Sculptors, Canadian Sculpture Centre
2011 Working Books, Art Gallery of Windsor
2011 The Ten Year Border Archive, Visual fringe, Windsor
2011 Windsor Biennial 2011, Art Gallery of Windsor
2011 SSC..16th Graduating Sculpture Student Show, (award)
2011 Bi-Annual Juried Exhibition, Thames Art Gallery, Chatham ON
2008 3rd Annual All-Ontario Open Juried Show, Orillia ON

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Media: Installation, Mixed-media

SSC Member Since: 2012