Queens College MFA in Painting Application Portfolio, Inventory, References and Artist Resume/CV for

Michael Serafino

  1. Burn Canvas Objects.  112" x 96".  Oil and Acrylic on Burned Canvas.  2016.    This modular work is composed of 42 14" x 14" pieces and has been installed in a variety of orientations. 

1. Burn Canvas Objects.  112" x 96".  Oil and Acrylic on Burned Canvas.  2016.

This modular work is composed of 42 14" x 14" pieces and has been installed in a variety of orientations. 

 
  2. Burn Canvas Object #17 , 14" x 14", Oil on Burned Canvas. 2016.    This piece is one of the works that compose the larger installation above.

2. Burn Canvas Object #17 , 14" x 14", Oil on Burned Canvas. 2016.

This piece is one of the works that compose the larger installation above.

 
 
 
  3. Burn Canvas Object #30.  14" x 14".  Burned Canvas.  2016.    This piece is one of the works that compose the larger installation above.

3. Burn Canvas Object #30.  14" x 14".  Burned Canvas.  2016.

This piece is one of the works that compose the larger installation above.

 
 
 
  4. Burn Canvas Object #16.  14" x 14". Acrylic and Oil on Burned Canvas.  2016.     This piece is one of the works that compose the larger installation above.

4. Burn Canvas Object #16.  14" x 14". Acrylic and Oil on Burned Canvas.  2016. 

This piece is one of the works that compose the larger installation above.

 
 
 
  5. Riding a Comet, Philae.  40" x 52".  Burned Canvas and Acrylic Paint. 2016.   This work was inspired from the Rosetta space probe mission that put a lander on a comet for the first time in history.

5. Riding a Comet, Philae.  40" x 52".  Burned Canvas and Acrylic Paint. 2016.

This work was inspired from the Rosetta space probe mission that put a lander on a comet for the first time in history.

 
 
 
  6. Protein Life.  22" x 15".  Ink and Oil on Burned Paper.  2017.

6. Protein Life.  22" x 15".  Ink and Oil on Burned Paper.  2017.

 
 
 
  7. Self Portrait in Uncertainty.  30" x 30".  Ink and Oil on Burned Canvas.  2016.

7. Self Portrait in Uncertainty.  30" x 30".  Ink and Oil on Burned Canvas.  2016.

 
 
 
  8. Tara.  20"x16".  Oil on Canvas. 2017.

8. Tara.  20"x16".  Oil on Canvas. 2017.

 
 
 
  9. NYC Rainy Day.  20"x16". Oil on Panel.  2016.

9. NYC Rainy Day.  20"x16". Oil on Panel.  2016.

 
 
  10. Rebecca's.  40" x 26"  Oil on Canvas.  2017.    This work is a rendering of a reflection of neon light on a wet sidewalk.

10. Rebecca's.  40" x 26"  Oil on Canvas.  2017.

This work is a rendering of a reflection of neon light on a wet sidewalk.

 
 
 
  11. Jupiter Disco.  30 x 30.  Oil on Canvas.  2017.    This work is a reflection of neon light on a varnished table.

11. Jupiter Disco.  30 x 30.  Oil on Canvas.  2017.

This work is a reflection of neon light on a varnished table.

 
 
  12. Hetch Hetchy Hiker.  15" x 22".  Ink and Oil on Paper.    2017.

12. Hetch Hetchy Hiker.  15" x 22".  Ink and Oil on Paper.  2017.

 
  13. Yosemite Hiker.  25" x 36".  Ink and Oil on Canvas. 2017.

13. Yosemite Hiker.  25" x 36".  Ink and Oil on Canvas. 2017.

 
 
  14. Hiker.  20" x 16". Ink and Oil on Canvas.  2017.

14. Hiker.  20" x 16". Ink and Oil on Canvas.  2017.

 
 
 
  15. HIgh Falls, Philmont NY.  16" x 20".  Oil on Canvas. 2017.    This work was painted  en plein air.

15. HIgh Falls, Philmont NY.  16" x 20".  Oil on Canvas. 2017.

This work was painted en plein air.

 
 

Inventory of Works

1. Burn Canvas Objects.  112" x 96".  Oil and Acrylic on Burned Canvas.  2016.

This modular work is composed of 42 14" x 14" pieces and has been installed in a variety of orientations. 

2. Burn Canvas Object #17 , 14" x 14", Oil on Burned Canvas. 2016.

This piece is one of the works that compose the larger installation above.

3. Burn Canvas Object #30.  14" x 14".  Burned Canvas.  2016.

This piece is one of the works that compose the larger installation above.

4. Burn Canvas Object #16.  14" x 14". Acrylic and Oil on Burned Canvas.  2016. 

This piece is one of the works that compose the larger installation above.

5. Riding a Comet, Philae.  40" x 52".  Burned Canvas and Acrylic Paint. 2016.

This work was inspired from the Rosetta space probe mission that put a lander on a comet for the first time in history.

6. Protein Life.  22" x 15".  Ink and Oil on Burned Paper.  2017.

7. Self Portrait in Uncertainty.  30" x 30".  Ink and Oil on Burned Canvas.  2016.

8. Tara.  20"x16".  Oil on Canvas. 2017.

9. NYC Rainy Day.  20"x16". Oil on Panel.  2016.

10. Rebecca’s.  40" x 26"  Oil on Canvas.  2017.

This work is a rendering of a reflection of neon lights on a wet sidewalk.

11. Jupiter Disco.  30 x 30.  Oil on Canvas.  2017.

This work is a reflection of neon lights on a varnished table.

12. Hetch Hetchy Hiker.  15" x 22".  Ink and Oil on Paper.  2017.

13. Yosemite Hiker.  25" x 36".  Ink and Oil on Canvas. 2017.

14. Hiker, 20" x 16", Ink and Oil on Canvas.

15. High Falls, Philmont NY.  16" x 20".  Oil on Canvas. 2017.

This work was painted en plein air.


Letters of Reference

1. Tobi Kahn: Employer; Professor at School of Visual Arts

2. Suzanne Anker: Chair of BFA Fine Arts Department, School of Visual Arts

3. Tom Huhn: Chair, Art History Department and BFA Visual and Critical Studies Department, School of Visual Arts; Coordinator, Honors Program, School of Visual Arts


 

Statement for Admissions to Queens College MFA Painting Program

 

While drawing with a propane torch I learned that a scorched part of a canvas can have a hidden smoldering edge that spreads like an ever more surprised eye opening in the picture. Working in the space between where something turns out well or totally fails teaches creativity in the face of uncertainty. It is creativity in response to uncertainty that is the reason why living as an artist is a good way to live, and why it justifies the deepest possible commitment to advancing an art making practice. Additionally, I believe that creative development coupled with the peer and faculty network is a realistic pathway to professional opportunity. 

My enthusiasm for artistic adventure led me to seek deeper creative study. I am guided by the question, how far can I bring my art practice? This led me to apply, and it is what I hope to bring to the Queens College MFA painting program. My disposition is that of an experimentalist seeking a council of advisors. I believe the diversely talented Queens College faculty, specifically Debra Priestly and Tony Gonzalez, can best aid in directing me among many ideas and help point to where I will expend my considerable efforts. My goal is to develop creatively; I do not want to be the same artist with a new credential.

My plan is to use the time and space to explore my most ambitious ideas as well as new ideas grown in dialogue with faculty. Those projects will include experimentation with painting and drawing processes, incorporating scientific study, and employing my experience from the past decade of work and travel as a professional artist. In the studio I would continue the search for risky techniques that surrender control and can uniquely illuminate a subject. For example, burning canvas with a blowtorch started from curiosity, but soon suggested to me celestial imagery that I had become familiar with while volunteering on online citizen science projects. The destructive burning spoke to the nature of space as a hostile environment as well as the creative power of destructive processes.

In addition to bringing my experience and intellectual curiosity, I hope to integrate the technology of Queens College to push my boundaries of experimentation. In particular interest to me is the foundry. I have had one opportunity to cast a work in bronze and the process and possibility fascinates me. Should I be admitted, I would begin planing an abstract sculpture that would explore the origins of the metal contained in it, specifically in the birth and death of stars.

My application for admission is a recommitment to a life of art making, and I believe the program at Queens College could be integral to my continued growth. I have confidence I would be a worthy student and eventually a distinguished alumni.

 

Resume and Artist CV

 

Experience

Studio Manager and Production Assistant, Tobi Kahn Studio, 2005-Present

-Creating paintings and sculptures in acrylic mediums on wood and canvas
-Handling finished works of art including hanging, packing and shipping
-Managing Studio:  Planning and executing multiple projects simultaneously, archiving finished works of art, maintaining an inventory of supplies, answering phones.
-Studio Maintenance including, basic carpentry, gallery painting, and miscellaneous repairing.

Freelance Installer, Charles Matz Architects, 2016-2017

-Creating and Installing custom displays at Worth and Worth Haberdashery. 

-Renovating restaurant interior, sign painting script on walls.

-Site survey for hotel renovation, accurate measuring for floor plans 

Fabrication Assistant, Duggal Visual Solutions, 2011-2014
-Creating custom commercial displays, models, interactive booths, and light boxes.
-Shop experience includes table saw, router, various drills, wiring and basic electronics, light design, mounting, packing and crating, detailing.-Projects include AHAE “Through My Window” at Grand Central Station, DKNY storefront in London, Adidas and Bloomingdale's in New York City, Calvin Klein in Las Vegas

 

References Tobi Kahn - Head of Studio - 718.937.3303 - tkstudio@aol.com
Ryan Reitbauer - Creative Director, Duggal Interactive - 646.996.2764 - ryan@duggal.com

Artist CV

Solo Shows:

630 Flushing Gallery, Pfizer Manufacturing Building - Burn Canvas Objects, 2015

Pine Box Rock Shop, Bushwick, My Work Is Not Safe for Your Work, 2015

Grey Dog Cafe Soho, 2015

Selected Group Exhibitions:

Life Hotel, Collection, 2017

The Living Gallery Outpost, Inaugural Show, 2017

Transparency, Trans-cen-der Group Show, Gallery 104 at Brooklyn FireProof, 2017

Transcendence of Us, Bushwick Open Studios, 2017

Arts in Bushwick: Seeking Space, Beyond Studios NYC 2017

Seeking Space Making the Future Arts in Bushwick, David and Schweitzer Gallery, 2016

Dougherty Gallery, Long Island City, 2016

Lorimoto, Open Call, 2015

LiveStream Group Show BOS, 2015

Active Space: Seeking Space Arts in Bushwick BOS Group Show, 2015

Arlene’s Grocery: A Group Show, 2015

Art Basel The James Hotel Installation Art Basel Miami, 2014

Active Space: Seeking Space Arts in Bushwick BOS Group Show, 2014

Brooklyn Fireproof East: Exchange Rates, 2014

Storefront Ten Eyck: Arts in Bushwick Benefit Show, 2014

Benrimon Contemporary: Art Works ADL, 2013

Contributing Participant in Gutai Card Box at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2013

Red Bull Curates, Cooler Competition, 2013

3rd Ward: Seeking Space Group Exhibition, 2013

Benrimon Contemporary: JustArt, 2012

Salon d’Art: Clipped, 2011

School of Visual Arts Gallery: The New New York, 2009

Publications:

Making History Bushwick, Published by Arts in Bushwick, 2016

Live Painting

ARTPROV improvised comedy, Living Gallery Outpost, 2017

KURIOS Cirque du Soleil Opening Night, 2016

MisterWives Tour Closing at The Diamond Horseshoe, 2015

Blumstein Group Corcoran Real Estate Logo Launch Party, 2015

Wix Lounge - The A/V Project, 2015

Art Basel The James Hotel Installation Art Basel Miami, 2014

Speaker:

Trans-cen-der Art Group, 2017

NYC Creative Salon, 2015

Bushwick Art Crit Group 2014