Michael Arcega Analysis

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Michael Arcega is versatile artist working with mainly installation and sculpture art. He was born in Manila, Philippines and then migrated to Los Angeles at the age of ten. After, he relocated to San Francisco to attend college and later became a professor at San Francisco University. He also received his BFA from San Francisco Art Institute and his MFA at Stanford University. “(Michael’s work has been) exhibited at venues including the Asian Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, the de Young Museum in San Francisco, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Orange County Museum of Art, The Contemporary Museum in Honolulu, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Cue Arts Foundation, and the Asia Society in NY among many others.” (Arcega, …show more content…
A creole language is a natural language that has developed from a pidgin. In his art piece Decreolization: An arrangement from dark to light, the style is installation art which he uses the Bahraini pottery to showcase a continuum. As well as how different a single language has different shades or ways to be used nowadays and in the past. So going around and asking people of what their thoughts where of the art piece and one student at De Anza named Matt Mercado said “The picture shows change. The dark to light or light to dark illustrates the change of insight and perspectives.’’ (Mercado, 2015) This students saw more in depth meaning to the picture of the art piece and that is okay because this just shows how open Michael’s art can be interpreted as. Mercado also explains that the picture shows change and that can mean change in anything it just depends on the person looking at the art piece. The art piece shows history of a language because of the rusty looking vases he choose to use but that also can add depth in how language is old but yet still can be carried on and change to a more dominant color of the dark vase symbolizing power towards a language as it’s a mix of different generations added together to form a dark color. Furthermore, the art pieces …show more content…
For example, in tent the Porta Bowl is a tent shaped as a toilet and the whole sculpture collapses into a backpack. This sort of art shows his versatility with a well known object such as a tent. This is because he took the average idea of a tent and made it more unique by doing it in ways people would not think a tent could be used like. In relation to language, his art work showcases how any specific language is not just one sided but can develop or change into either a more common way of using language, or a more sophisticated way. In one of Michael Arecega statements he made about his art work he said, ‘‘they are often manipulated and crafted to function like their textual counterparts. Together, text and objects function as phrases that comment at, allude to, and explore asymmetric power relations.’’ (Marx & Zavattero, 2011) He is explaining how each item of his art pieces not just those used to make the piece but rather the title and description can also tie up to complete his work. This is important to know because we get an insight on the artist and see either what the objects are made of or what the art piece meant to the artist. He also goes on explaining that even if parts are not technically companionable but they all give a part that relates them together to build an art piece that shows power to him.

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