Biography

Michael Namkung (b. 1971, Oakland, California) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Miami, Florida. Drawing on the language of sports training and athletic performance, Namkung's work explores the sensory experiences of drawing under physical strain. Through performance, video, installation, and the participation of others, he investigates questions of process, materiality and perception, specifically in terms of their relationship to the body. Namkung holds an MFA in Drawing and Painting from San Francisco State University, where he received the College of Creative Arts Master’s Hood in 2009. He has performed and exhibited in venues such as SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Headlands Center for the Arts. Honors include the 2010 James Rosenquist Artist in Resident in Fargo, North Dakota, an Individual Artist Commission Cultural Equity Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission and an Investing in Artists Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation in 2011, and a Tanne Foundation Award in 2012. Namkung is currently Assistant Professor of Drawing at Florida International University.

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