Michael Kozien. Art at Morton College

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Michael Kozien is a Chicago artist with an inclination for all medias. This show at Morton, will include a few small photographs from his series, Gazers, as well as some small sculptures.
The show runs from November 5th through December 15th. First Floor. Building C.          This exhibitions is free and open to the public.                                                            Morton College. 3801 South Central Avenue. Cicero, IL 60804                                            Curated By Diana Gabriel

Michael Kozien’s work explores issues found where political relationships (and the effects they have on the personal and collective body), historical awareness and social concerns all intersect. Drawing from history, pop culture, architecture, nature, music and film, he approaches moments that are reflective, passive, or contemplative but hold a strong sense of anxiety or stress. Creating these connections and contrasts allows his work to merge a variety of media including animation, video, sound, photography, sculpture, neon and installation.

Michael has exhibited internationally including: EXPO Chicago, Korpufsstadir, Reykjavik, Iceland, SIM, Reykjavik, Iceland, Chicago Cultural Center, Art in General, NYC, Harvestworks, NYC, Thread-Waxing Space, NYC, Le Musee di-visioniste, Cologne, Germany, Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, Lake Worth, FL, and the Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, CA. Currently, he is working on an installation of custom neon for an exhibition at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) in Grand Rapids, MI that runs December 2012 – February 2013.

Michael has been a resident artist at Takt Kunstprojektraum, Berlin, Germany (2011), The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists Residency, Reykjavik, Iceland (2010-11) and La Macina di San Cresci Artist Residency, Greve, Italy (2009).

His work has been reviewed in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune and The San Diego Union-Tribune. He earned a MFA in digital media from Stony Brook University and a BFA in painting from Southern Illinois University. Michael is the director of Operation France, a collective of international artists based in Chicago, USA. Currently, he is an Associate Professor in the Digital Media + Design Department at the College of Lake County, Illinois where he teaches courses in animation, video, sound and digital media theory.

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