What is a Michael Borkowsky?
Well, he looks like this. Sometimes his hair is more angular, sometimes he is donning spectacles in a vain attempt to look vaguely intellectual, and sometimes he is sporting an entirely accidental beard.
So, what does he do?
He likes to consider himself a contemporary artist and can often be spotted messing about in his studio space. Having graduated with an M.A in Fine Art from Glyndwr University and relocated to Sheffield, Michael is now and forever on the lookout for opportunities and collaborations.
Mostly, he speculates upon a world where scent is our primary means of communication. In what capacity would art, and artists, exist, if that were the case? And how does such an investigation inform our own reality? He also plays with the notion of the ‘studio space’, investigating it’s place within an artists’ creative process and how the sense of ownership and identity contained within such a personal space is altered when placed within a public realm.
He cites using creative action to provide alternatives to preconceptions is a powerful tool that can instigate change; contribute to knowledge and understanding; and provide new avenues for thinking which can bring people together. Well, that’s what he thinks anyway.
And what has he been up to?
Well, just for you, here is Michael’s CV:
1st January 2015 – Present: ‘Perfume as Practice’
1st November 2014 – Present: ‘Speculative Studio Spaces‘
22nd November – 3rd December 2016: Perfume as Practice – Bank Street Arts, Sheffield
10th-20th June 2016: Speculative Studios – BasementArtsProject, Leeds
7th May 2016: Perfume Portraits – Bone Cancer Stories – The Tetley, Leeds
2nd – 18th March 2016: Perfume as Practice – Bank Street Arts, Sheffield
18th September – 22nd October 2015: Speculative Studio Spaces – Access Space, Sheffield
21st – 22nd November 2014: Choosing Choices – Exchange Place Studios, Sheffield
1st – 12th March 2014: Shelf Life – Exploring Food In Art – KIAC, Sheffield
12th August – 31st October 2013: Material as Practice – Forum Cafe, Sheffield
Self Devised Group Exhibitions
3rd -31 March 2017: FUSE #3 – Access Space, Sheffield
9th – 18th February 2017: The Court of Love – Exchange Place Studios, Sheffield
23rd November – 8th December 2016: Sun And Moon – Mugen Tea House, Sheffield
7th – 23rd October 2016: FUSE #2– The Holt, Sheffield
18th – 26th August 2016: Unity – Exchange Place Studios, Sheffield
19th June – 10th July 2015: Flux – Exchange Place Studios, Sheffield
3rd – 31st October 2014: PLAY! – Art & Video Games – Access Space, Sheffield
5th – 17th September 2014: Sweet Tooth – Funky Aardvark, Chester
28th – 29th June 2014: Far Lands: Video Game landscapes – Millennium Galleries, Sheffield
Selected Other Group Exhibitions
20th – 25th May 2017: Coded – Platforms Project, Cultural Centre, Athens, Greece
21st October – 4th November 2016: Curious Cabinets – Exchange Place Studios, Sheffield
3rd – 18th September 2016: RELICS – Tate Liverpool
26th – 29th May 2016: FUSE – Art Athina, Faliron Pavilion, Athens, Greece
12th May – 7th September 2016: Comprised Collaborations – Media Centre, Huddersfield
13th January – 13th February 2016: Patterns & Poetry – Unity Theatre, Liverpool
19th – 25th July 2015: Tate Summer Show – The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras, London
24th – 25th April 2015: Travel Perfume – ArtMobile, Västerås, Sweden
10th – 20th July 2014: ‘COLONIZE Revisited’ – Arena Gallery – Liverpool
4th – 24th April 2014: Colonize – 3rd on 3rd Gallery, Jamestown, New York
3rd – 30th November 2012: Cyfuno – A Sense Of Place, Wrexham
2008 – 2012: MA Fine Art – Glyndwr University, Wrexham
2004 – 2007: BA Fine Art – Chester University
December 2009 – Present: Visitor Assistant – Tate Liverpool
March 2015: Guest Lecturer (Social networking in Creative Practice) – Glyndwr University
October 2014: Guest Lecturer (Social networking in Creative Practice) – Chester University
August – October 2013: Commissions Intern – Art Sheffield Festival
July 2009 – March 2013: Gallery and Administration Assistant – Oriel Wrecsam
August 2009: Guest Lecturer (British Fine Art History) – Charterhouse School