EW Art + Public Offers By Michael Velliquette
About Michael Velliquette
MICHAEL VELLIQUETTE (American, b. 1971) is a mixed media artist working in the expanse between drawing, collage, and sculpture, and is most known for his works with cut paper. These works engage the nature of matter, sensation, perception, reaction, and consciousness. Velliquette’s work insists on a new spiritual vocabulary—one that combines aspects of early 20th century formalism, and contemporary sensibilities about the handmade, with the visual lexicon he has developed in his works over the past decade. Velliquette’s vocabulary is bright, dense, ornamental, and is punctuated with recurring motifs such as eyes, flowers, feathers, and mandalas. Art, architecture, and design from broad periods and places inform this work. However, there are rarely direct quotes—they maintain a certain ambiguity over how, when, and where they were made. Color also plays a powerful role in Velliquette’s work and acts to convey a sense of optical fullness, or visual generosity in the viewer. The labor-intensive nature of Velliquette’s practice is also foregrounded in much of his work and correlates to a kind of studio-induced mindfulness. He has recently had solo shows at the David Shelton Gallery, Houston, DCKT Contemporary New York and Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York. His museum exhibitions include Slash: Paper Under the Knife at the Museum of Art and Design, New York; Art on Paper at the Weatherspoon Art Museum; and Psychedelic at the San Antonio Museum of Art. His work is in the collections of the Art Museum of South Texas; the Museum of Wisconsin Art; the Racine Art Museum; The Progressive Corporation; Western Bridge, Seattle; The John Michael Kohler Art Center; The State of Wisconsin; Boston Children’s Hospital and the San Antonio Museum of Art. He is a Faculty Associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Feedback about this ExchangeWorks participant
We had a wonderful time at Michael Velliquette's workshop. Prior to the workshop Michael provided an email with many details including how to find the studio, and other tips about working in the space. At the workshop, we were provided with many supplies including our own glue gun, glue sticks, paper, scissors, and an X-Acto knife and cutting mat. It was great to be able to have all the supplies to continue our projects at home. We learned many different techniques for painting and cutting paper. There was plenty of space and supplies to work with. The pace of the workshop was perfect, however we didn't have enough time to complete our larger project, and it would've been great to have more time. Overall it was a wonderful experience and we would be likely to participate in another workshop in the future should one become available.