Michele Bosak

Michele Bosak

Profile | Statement | Biography


Michele Bosak • Profile

Inspired by interior design, modernist architecture and vintage textiles, Michele Bosak’s work is fittingly graphic in subject matter and in technique.  Simple and minimal, her work creates a sense of stillness and quiet, generating feelings of absence and progress. Carefully executed, her patterns parallel the elements of our relationships.

Michele’s process is an intuitive one – she spends a good deal of time exploring, collecting, and letting her ideas simmer.  When she’s ready to begin physically making art, she experiments with shapes and composition, small sketches, and color swatches.  Vinyl and Japanese tape allow for the precision that Michele looks for in her image-making. Typically, one shape is repeated with variation in size and color, resulting in a quiet and orderly surface, with subtle differences emerging as the viewer spends time with the art.

Michele Bosak earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Kendall College or Art and Design and her Masters degree in Museum Studies from Northern Illinois University.  Her work has been shown both regionally and nationally in juried competitions and exhibitions.  


Michele Bosak • Statement

Stepping away from recent installation and experience-based work and returning to the static imagery that reminds me of my sense of "home", these drawings begin an exploration of the longing and comfort I find in patterns and spaces. My interest in architecture, furniture, and vintage goods is a departure point for my work. I’m a collector of objects - objects that allow me to define my sense of "home". The act of acquiring household goods and materials, and undertaking home renovations, provides an illusory sense of permanence. Yet, these acts temporarily fill a void and provide solace.

I document objects, materials and both real and imagined spaces through drawings. I reduce my imagery to simple forms and colors and focus on the interplay between constructed spaces and patterning. These artificial constructs represent little fragments of utopias that simulate stability trough idyllic representations of "home". As I consider the emotional content of absence, longing, and the dynamics of relationships, these images become a reflection of ideals and elusive spaces.

While I'm interested in specific places and objects, I abstract and isolate their representation, allowing them to become more than what they are. Floor tiles and brick patterns become both described and abstracted while also allowing a basis for static, repetitive compositions. This sameness and lack of personal information within my imagery creates a level of familiarity…but is it only what we know that strikes a chord? Pointing toward what is absent and what resides, I focus on the spaces between: static objects and materials that remind us of home, the mental and physical barriers we erect, and the loneliness and longing that ensues.


Michele Bosak • Biography

EDUCATION

2008   
Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and Sculpture, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois     

2004  
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2014
“Unusual Suspects”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Hop Skip & a Jump”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Out of the Polar Vortex”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2013
“Slightly Obsessive”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2012   
“25 Year Gala”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“LG-Group”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Color Context”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

2011    
“Associations”, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“(a)wake”, 44 Ionia, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Whereabouts”, Cave44, Two-person exhibition with Kim Strom, Challex, France

“Death Wins”, Richard App Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2010   
“Site Lab”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Cross-Pollination”, Surface Gallery, Bakersfield, California

“Mixed Bag”, Gallery 104, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2009  
“Little Hang Ups”, Bryneboehm Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“NEVER THINK small”, Climate/Gallery, Long Island, New York

“Art Prize”, Old Federal Building, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Slide Wars”, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Installation Nation”, Primary Colours, Indianapolis, Indiana

“10 X 10: UNIFORM”, Suite 100 Gallery, Seattle, Washington

“The Space Between Us”, Gallery Noir, Solo Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2008   
“Mountain: A Force of Faketure”, Beverly Arts Center, Chicago, Illinois

“19th Annual Women of Achievement and Courage Celebration”,
The Michigan Women’s Foundation in partnership with UICA, Grand Rapids and Detroit, Michigan

“Pile Up: NU.MFA.2008”, Chicago Arts District Space, Chicago, Illinois

“The Space Between Us”, 214 Gallery, MFA Exhibition, DeKalb, Illinois

“The Polish Connection”, Nehring Gallery, DeKalb, Illinois

“Gabriel Bizen Akagawa:  Unpacked/Offset”, NIU Art Museum, DeKalb, Illinois

2007     
“Getting Closer”, Byrneboehm Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“A Common Line”, Gallery 214, DeKalb, Illinois

“Conception”, Pleasant Street Gallery, DeKalb, Illinois

“Message Sent…”, Gallery 214, DeKalb, Illinois

“Postcard Salon Exhibition”, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan

“Juried Group Graduate Exhibition”, Jack Olsen Gallery, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois

“31st Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition”, Augustana College Art Museum, Rock Island, Illinois

2006  

“Sculpture Review”, Pleasant Street Gallery, DeKalb, Illinois

“Breaking Ground”, #9 Design, Elmhurst, Illinois

“Group Graduate Show”, Pleasant Street Gallery, DeKalb, Illinois

“Memoir”, Blue Door Gallery, DeKalb, Illinois

“Green Space”, Jack Arends School of Art at NIU, Courtyard Installation, DeKalb, Illinois

“Recycled Moments”, Bad Dog Gallery, Solo Exhibition, DeKalb, Illinois

“Space 1”, Free Radical Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Kitties, Cats, and Hand Grenades”, Pleasant Street Gallery, DeKalb, Illinois

“Women’s History”, DeKalb Area Women’s Gallery, DeKalb, Illinois

2005   
“Jekyll & Hyde”, Pleasant Street Gallery, DeKalb, Illinois  

“19th West Michigan Regional Competition”, Lowell Area Arts Council, Lowell, Michigan

“Change of Seasons Juried Exhibition”, White River Gallery, Montague, Michigan

2004  
“44th Annual Greater Michigan Art Exhibition”, Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, Midland, Michigan

“Wee Show Collegiate Juried Exhibition”, Front Street Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“All-Michigan All-Media Juried Exhibition”, Rankin Art Gallery, Big Rapids, Michigan  

2003  
“A Common Dialogue”, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Visual Arts Committee Collaborative Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Observation of the Flesh”, Student Gallery, Two-Person Exhibition, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“75th Regional Juried Exhibition”, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan       
 

2002   
“5 x 5 x 5”, Lo-Fi Project Site, Grand Rapids, Michigan

HONORS & AWARDS

2007 - 2008   
University Fellowship, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois

2005 - 2008           
Graduate Tuition Waiver, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois

2006               
First Place Award, “6th Annual Artist Battle”, Studio 280 at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA), Grand Rapids, Michigan

2005           
Second Place Award, “Change of Seasons”, White River Gallery, Montague, Michigan  

2004           
First Place Award, “Wee Show”, Front Street Gallery, Grand Rapids Michigan  

2003 - 2004  
Student Leadership Award, Fine Arts Department, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids Michigan 

2001 - 2004  
Ferris State University Grant, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan 

Merit Scholarship, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Dean’s List, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2001            
Michigan Tuition Grand, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan   

PUBLICATIONS

2012   
25 Year Book,
LaFontsee Galleries

2006   
Oxford University Press,  Drawing Essentials:  A guide to Drawing from Observation

2005   
NIU Graduate Group Exhibition Catalog

2003   
Kendall College of Art and Design Catalog      

2002   
Kendall College of Art and Design Woodworking and Functional Art Program Catalog

Kim Theriault, 5 x 5 x 5 Catalog, sponsored by Lo-Fi Project Site