Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
A Statement on my Work
I work across painting and sound disciplines through easel painting, painting and sound installation, sound performance and composition.
By engaging painting and sound art practices in a creative dialogue I seek to extend frameworks for their creation and reading.
If painting's primary dimension is spatial and sound's primary dimension is temporal, then installation space provides an ideal playground for their overlap and juxtaposition.
When put into practice this does not necessarily result in a simple synesthetic blending of sense experience: It more likely results in a suspenseful dialectic between 'causal relations' and 'awkward un-relations'.
Michael Graeve is a visual and sound artist based in Melbourne Australia. He exhibits, performs and teaches internationally.
He works across painting and sound disciplines through easel painting, site-specific installation, painting and sound installation, sound performance and composition.
His works are held in collections in Australia, Germany and the USA.
Awards and residencies include Tonspur 19 in Vienna 2007, Australia Council residency at International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) New York 2005, Samstag International Travelling Scholarship 2004, Arts Victoria New Work 2004 and Bundanon Trust Artist in Residence 2003.
He has held 15 solo exhibitions at venues in Australia and Chicago. Group exhibitions and collaborations include dialog I with Christoph Dahlhausen (raum 2810, Bonn), Sonambiente Berlin 2006, Your Sky (Gigantic Art Space, New York), 2004 Australian Culture Now (Ian Potter Centre: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne) and Primavera (Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney).
Completed degrees include Master of Fine Art (MFA Studio, School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2007), Masters in Arts (MA Media Arts, RMIT University Melbourne 2004), Bachelor of Arts (BA Media Arts, RMIT University Melbourne 1999) and Bachelor of Arts (BA Honours Fine Art Painting, RMIT Melbourne 1995).
His work has been reviewed by Branden W. Joseph (Artforum International, March 2005), Nicholas Chambers (Eyeline No 50, 2002), Ros Bandt (Sound Sculpture - Intersections in Sound and Sculpture in Australian Artworks, 2001) and Stephen O'Connell (Art/Text No 59, 1997).
He has been involved in artist-run galleries as founding committee member of Grey Area Art Space Inc (1996-1999), and Program Manager at West Space Inc (2002-2004).
He currently teaches at RMIT University and Victoria University, Melbourne, and has taught at various colleges and universities in Melbourne and Chicago since 1998.