Michael Linares lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He holds a BFA from Escuela de Artes Plásticas de San Juan Sculpture, and is pursuing his MA in archaeology at the Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y El Caribe.
Linares is the founder of La Sonora (2010-present), a free online audiotheque that contains translations of texts relevant to contemporary art discourse and culture, most of which did not previously exist in Spanish. He has been featured in many international exhibitions including the Bienal de Sao Paulo in 2016, An Aleatory History of the Stick at Art in General in New York in 2015, and Useless, curated by Pablo Leon de la Barra, at the PINTA Art Fair in London in 2010, among others. In 2017, Linares took part in the group exhibition, A Universal History of Infamy at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
Through a wide variety of media including installation, assemblage, sculpture, video and painting, Michael Linares’ practice consistently raises the possibility of new relationships between objects and signification. Mixing the foreign with the familiar and the marvelous with the mundane, Linares disorganizes what is perceived as common sense to create unexpected combinations that foster new aesthetic and intellectual understanding. Central to his practice is his interest in phenomenon and the exploration of new connections between audience and art in a way that asserts the spectator’s role in the production of meaning. Rather than an aesthetic experience in and of itself, the artist sees his work as a vehicle for possible aesthetic experiences that remain open, ever changing, and ready to be redefined.
Linares was the artist in residence in collaboration with HGK FHNW and Atelier Mondial, Basel, Switzerland. October – December 2016.