Michael Brown

Michael Brown (b. 1965, Montreal, Canada) is a Toronto-based visual artist working primarily in Painting, Installation and Performance. Brown embraces a low carbon footprint approach to art making and in so doing plays with contemporary ideas about excessive consumption in North America. By opting for abandoned materials indigenous to the area he is working, Brown comments on the culture, use and make up of public space.
Since 2005 Michael’s environmental installations/projects have raised questions about the value we place on our architecture and history. Through his environmental projects and their use of natural materials and processes Brown seeks to challenge the traditional definitions of urban and rural areas.
His work has been exhibited in galleries and in public spaces across Canada, South America and Mexico.
Michael Brown’s work has been generously supported by the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils.
Artist CV
Selected Solo Exhibitions

            2007    City of Toronto Archives 2000 Bricks: Remnants of Toronto’s Lost
                         Architecture, Installation in conjunction with Doors Open Toronto 2007
            2005    Shift Gallery, North: 43° 38’ 45”, West: 79° 24’ 25”, Toronto
            2003    Vesuvios, Casas, Junction Arts Festival, Toronto
Selected Two person Exhibitions
            2008    Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, June 11 – 22
            2002    Lorimer Gallery, with photographer Vince Pietropaolo, Junction Arts Festival, September 2002
Juried Exhibitions
            2008    Framework Foundation, Toronto Timeraiser, Distillery District
            2007    Gallery 1313, Alter Toronto: Latino Canadian Cultural Association, collaboration with Adeyemi                          Adegbesan
            2006    Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit, Nathan Phillips Square
            2006    Toronto Free Gallery, Vacant Lots
            2005    Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit, Nathan Phillips Square
            2004    J.B. Aird Gallery, Ontario Society of Artists’ 130th Juried Exhibition,
Selected Group Exhibitions
            2007    Red Head Gallery, Insomnia, Nuit Blanche Event
            2007    Off the Map Gallery, Identity: performance with Ana Silva as part of Latino
                         Canadian Cultural Association’s Latin-Afro Fest
            2007    Hart House, University of Toronto, the City: TLR Club
            2007    Harbourfront Centre, LOVE exhibit, curated by Lonsdale Gallery
            2007    Galerie St. Ambroise, Montreal
            2006    Toronto International Art Fair, Martin Kletzel Gallery, Buenos Aires
            2006    AWOL Gallery, Square Foot, Toronto
            2006    CONTACT photography exhibit at the Supermarket, Toronto
            2006    Gallerie St. Ambroise, Montreal
            2005    Shift Gallery, Conversation Generator, Toronto
            2005    Project Spaceman, Square Foot IV, Brooklyn
            2005    Blvd Interiors, Toronto Artsweek
            2005    Alley Jaunt, Nightshift Collective, Trinity Bellwoods Park
            2005    AWOL Gallery, Square Foot, Toronto
            2005    Eastern Front Gallery, Massive Response, Toronto
            2004    Lonsdale Gallery, Love, Toronto
            2004    Brampton Indie Arts Festival, Heritage Theatre, Brampton
            2003    Shift Gallery, Winter Shift, Toronto
            2003    Lonsdale Gallery, Love, Toronto
            2003    Here and Now Gallery, Holiday Silent Auction, Toronto
            2003    AWOL Gallery, Square Foot, Toronto
            2003    Strutts Gallery, Mail Art, Sackville New Brunswick
            2003    Lula Lounge, Exhibición Hispana-Canadiense, Toronto
            2003    Gallery 1313, Twenty-nine days to the curb, Toronto
            2003    Wagner Rosenbaum Gallery, Millennium Art Auction, Toronto
            2002    Art System, White Out 4, Toronto
            2002    Trinity College Art Show, University of Toronto
            2002    Lorimer Gallery, Two-person show with Photographer Vince Pietropaolo
            2002    Collage presents Alphabetronics, the Mockingbird, Toronto
            2002    Access Artist Run Centre, Con/Quest, Vancouver
            2002    Acadia Gallery, Broken Fence Society, Toronto
            2001    Casa de Cultura La Recoleta, Arte y Memoria, Buenos Aires, Argentina
            2001    Art System, Magnum Specataculum Monstruosum, Toronto
            1999    Lattitude 53 Gallery, “Spontaneous Compulsion”, Edmonton, Alberta. Collaboration
                         with Australian Photographer Kate Hudson
            1998    Digame, Cuba Documentary Film. Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival Library, 1999
            2007    Ontario Arts Council, Emerging Artist Grant recipient
            2005    Toronto Arts Council, Emerging Artist Grant recipient
            2003    Second Prize Painting, Millenium Art Auction, Wagner Rosenbaum Gallery
            2002    Toronto Arts Council Arts in the Community Grant with Harbourfront Community Centre
Public Art/Commissions
            2006    BENCHmark artist, “Wired up” bench installed on Mowatt avenue in Liberty Village
            2005    Elizabeth Fry Society of Toronto, Donor recognition design
            2003    PEN Canada Sculpture collaboration with Brian Gahan and Susana Molinolo
Selected Reviews

            2008    The Art of Deconstruction, Orion Magazine, January ‌‌| February 2008 page 9
            2008    Order in the Chaos, Surface and Symbol, January ‌‌| February 2008, page 4 & 5
            2007    Performance underneath the Gardiner Expressway, Diversity Section,
                         Toronto Sun, May 24, 2007, page 78
            2007    Beyond the Classroom, Thursday February 22, 2007, CIUT 89.5 FM. Interview with Todd                          Parsons, David Woodward, Jeff Richardson and Dray Perenic on TLR Club’s exhibition at Hart                          House
            2006    Every picture has a story. Wooster Collective. Dec. 28, 2006                                                    www.woostercollective.com/2006/12/every_picture_tells_a_story...
            2006    It's Art, but it’s fun, see? Terrence Dick, Globe and mail, July 8, 2006, M2
            2005    Do you ever get a sense that someone is watching you? Peter Goddard,                                                   slideshow, week of Dec. 17, 2005, Toronto Star
            2006    “Doing double duty with Nightshift”, Surface and Symbol, Dec. 2005/Jan. 2006, page 3
            2005    Word of Mouth, Tuesday November 15, 2005, CKLN 88.1 FM, interview with Ana Silva and                          Murphy Brown
            2005    From Kipling, Queen, Warden, Finch, a moment in the life of 69 subway riders, Toronto Star,                          July 19, 2005, B1
            2005    House and Home, May 2005, page 20 (supplement)
            2005    Kiss Machine, the Disposable issue, 2005
            2004    Taide pehmentaa urheilupaikkojen raakalautaa ja betonia Raumalla, Satakunnan Kansa, Sept                          21, 2004
            2003    The painting’s on the wall, Toronto Star, Sunday March 16,2003 B3
            2003    Catalyst, Forum focusing on new media art and curatorial practice in Canada;
                         February 2003
            2002    Un sonador que pinta paredes, La Hora, Quito, June 14, 2002, Page A4
            2001    Graffiti Artists Brush Up City’s Image, Globe and Mail, Toronto, September 3, 2001 Page A14
Donated Works
            2007    Canadian Mental Health Association
            2006    Canadian Mental Health Association
            2004    Art and Soul, Fundraiser for Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, Toronto
Selected Collections
Olivia Chow, Member of Parliament; Toronto District School Board; Turku Art Museum, Finland; Private collections in Mexico, Argentina, New Zealand, USA and Australia.
            1997–2001   Ontario College of Art and Design/Toronto School of Art. Courses in
                                    drawing,painting, sculpture and installation
            1995               Universite d’Ottawa. Ottawa, Ontario. Bachelor of Education
            1991               Universite de Paris III, Sorbonne Nouvelle. Diplome de deuxieme cycle,
            1988               University of Toronto. Honours Bachelor of Arts History and Economics
            2004    Raumars Arts Residency, Rauma, Finland. www.raumars.org
Artist Talks
            2007    Hart House, Public Forum on TLR Club photography exhibit, The City
            2005    Shift Gallery, Talk: 6 Toronto Collectives Speak, Dec. 19, 2005
            2004    Presentation to Fine Art students at Satakunta Polytechnic University, Kankaanpää
            2003    Catalyst, Forum focusing on new media art and curatorial practice in Canada;
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