By Permit Only: Untitled (Sigil for Wealth and Prosperity)

Michael Velliquette

Exhibition: Jul 15 – Sep 10, 2011

Untitled (Sigil for Wealth and Prosperity) (2010) depicts an abstract symbol traditionally used for magical purposes. An enlarged version of the sigil was on view in the Artpace courtyard July 15 to September 10, 2011. The oversized work was wheat-pasted onto the exterior of the building as part of Artpace’s collaboration with the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center’s (GCAC) By Permit Only exhibition, which empowered its participants to take the unauthorized postering methods of street artists inside the gallery. In addition to Velliquette, Joshua Bienko (WW 11.1), Devon Dikeou (IAIR 11.1), Beto Gonzales (HSR 05.6), Ethel Shipton (WW 06.3), and Anne Wallace (IAIR 04.3) were Artpace alumni among the 11 featured artists in By Permit Only, which was on view at GCAC at 723 S. Brazos Street in San Antonio, Texas.


Michael Velliquette

San Antonio, Texas, USA

Michael Velliquette has used drawing, sculpture, and video to delve into his psyche and daily life. Over the past decade he has recorded himself and his surroundings, and composed environments that reflect his personal journey. Using readily available materials classically associated with craft—paper, plastic, felt-tip markers, tape—he creates all-encompassing, fictional worlds that explore the relationship between the self and the universe at large.
With each project Velliquette crafts a space-specific piece that encourages thoughts about humans and the world around us. To hasten the contemplation of metaphysics he employs a wealth of visual stimulants reminiscent of 1960s psychedelia and more recent rave culture. In his installation The Depth of the Drop (2003), a darkened room was crisscrossed by paper streamers printed with images of the galaxy. Projected on one wall was a video of a storm, while looped on a monitor was footage of a starry-eyed mummy singing sad soul songs. The work sparked thoughts about the afterlife and where we go from here. Like his other work, the piece used dramatic means to distill attention onto the intersection of science, cosmology, philosophy, and religion.
Michael Velliquette was born in 1971 in Sandusky, OH and has lived in San Antonio, TX since receiving his MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2000. Recent solo exhibitions include The Suburban, Chicago, IL (2004) as well as Three Walls (2003), Blue Star Contemporary Art Center (2003) and Cactus Bra Space (2003) in San Antonio, TX. Velliquette’s work has been shown in group exhibitions at Deitch Projects, New York, NY (2003); the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX (2002); and the Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Canada (1999).

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