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Michael Azgour Awarded Commission for Three Murals

Since completing his MFA in Painting at the Academy, Michael Azgour has been exhibiting his work non-stop. He was part of month-long group show in Sacramento in January, the focus of a solo show earlier this month, and has recently received a commission for three murals at the Hotel Union Square in San Francisco.

Collage 6, 2005 - mixed media on paper - 18 x 24
Collage 6, 2005 - mixed media on paper - 18 x 24

Michael describes his work as follows:

"A pane of glass shatters and breaks the silence. A shard enters the skin and extracts a crimson droplet that rolls down the transparent fragment, staining it dark red. An exchange occurs. The material induces a laceration upon the being; the being paints its lifeblood upon the surface of the material.

The distinction between a life being and a material object is plain to see: the former is born, develops, ages, and eventually dies; whereas the latter is fabricated by man, incorporated into society, and ultimately disintegrates into the earth. In modern society, we share our entire existence with material objects; be it clothing to keep warm, eyeglasses to correct our vision, or automobiles to travel. We develop so closely to materials that one can hardly imagine life without them.

The term "Essence & Material" refers to the dichotomy between life and matter, which is the subject of my current artistic interest. It is a simple term loaded with symbolism and the potential to be expanded upon. Without clouding the concept with words, it should suffice to explain that the works focus on the highly engrained relationship between essence and material, in which each contributes to the definition of the other.

By integrating mixed materials with partially figurative painting, I am calling into attention the distinction between objective and non-objective art. The painting surface is both a representation and an object in and of its own. Thus, the elements in the composition play a binary role by functionally expressing a subject in situ and by standing on their own."

A one-evening celebratory exhibition of Michael's murals for the Hotel Union Square will be held on Thursday, March 9th, 2006. If you would like to RSVP for this event, please contact Katherine Graves by March 2nd at (415) 351-4150

Expression of Mia, 2005 - oil, charcoal, sand & paper collage on canvas - 49.5 x 49.5 Mother & Child, 2005 - oil, charcoal, sand & photograph collage on canvas - 36 x 33.5
Expression of Mia, 2005 - oil, charcoal, sand & paper collage on canvas - 49.5 x 49.5 Mother & Child, 2005 - oil, charcoal, sand & photograph collage on canvas - 36 x 33.5
 
Collage 4, 2005 - mixed media on paper - 18 x 24 The Inexhaustible Spirit of Maria, 2005 - oil & linen collage on canvas - 60 x 48
Collage 4, 2005 - mixed media on paper - 18 x 24 The Inexhaustible Spirit of Maria, 2005 - oil & linen collage on canvas - 60 x 48

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