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Miguel Palma
Exhibition & Residency:
November 1 – January 30, 2014

Miguel Palma, Desert Initiative Remote Shuttle, 2012, photo taken during the journeys into the Sonoran Desert, in the context of the project Desert Initiative Remote Shuttle, work commissioned by Desert Initiative: Desert One (DI:D1)

During his residency Miguel Palma will have a solo exhibition at Coastline Art Gallery (Coastline Community College, Newport Beach) January 14 – 23, 2014, with the opening reception on January 14, 5-8pm.

Lisbon-based artist, Miguel Palma (b. 1964), has been exhibiting his work regularly since the late 80s, quickly establishing himself as one of Portugal’s most innovative artists. With a strong appeal to sculpture, Palma’s work has followed the direction of multimedia installations, using non-traditional methods of production and working regularly within a team of carpenters, mechanics, engineers, and biologists. His work orients into a hybrid practice, linking itself to the industrial production of the 20th century and its technological influence on the life of the modern man, its relationship with the environment, and the idea of human comfort as well as power dynamics. In parallel to the construction of large scale installations, Palma often resorts to drawings and miniature constructions of his projects. These works function simultaneously as a record of the intuitive work process of the artist as well as objects of aesthetic appreciation.

Since 2007, Miguel Palma has been an artist in residence at various organizations including, Location One (New York), Headlands-Center for the Arts (California), Château de Servières (Marseille, France), Desert Initiative Art Residency (Phoenix), and ISCP Residency Program (New York). Palma is represented in several collections in Portugal and abroad, such as: FRAC Centre, France; Centre de Création Contemporain, France, Collection Institut D’Art Contemporain Rhônes-Alpes, France, Centre National D’Art et de Culture Georges Pompidou, France, ASU Art Museum Art Collection, USA; Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Portugal; Caixa Geral de Depósitos, Portugal; Fundação de Serralves, Portugal; Colecção Berardo, Portugal; Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporánea, Spain; and Fundación ARCO, Spain.

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