Chattanooga, TN | Sculpture, Mixed Media, Time-based, Sound, Performance, Installation
Mike Calway-Fagen is a visual artist, writer, and curator temporarily based in the Midwest where he teaches at the University of Indiana, Bloomington. He received a BFA from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and an MFA from the University of California, San Diego. Mike has attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, been a Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and Franconia Sculpture Park. He has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally; most recently he held solo exhibitions at Ditch Projects in Portland, OR and participated in a two-person exhibition at the Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis, MN.
During a sketch comedy performance an actor follows a script and is expected to perform in tune, with eventual laughter the outcome. At times, not everything goes as planned. These professionals stumble, they break character, and even laugh at their own botched attempt at mastery. They become unstuck, they are neither performer nor audience and aren't laughed at or with. They are something entirely different. When we laugh as Gilda Radnor can't hold it together we experience what collective vulnerability is, how frail the body and mind are, and how redeeming empathic embarrassment is.
The fourth wall splits audience and actor creating codified spaces and performances. Reality really is a membrane and these two seemingly disparate entities spit back and forth, exchanging information, materials, and impacts.
I re-approach all things with this in mind. How might a sculpture, video, photo, collage, or whatever stumble right along with the viewer, breaths held, eyes open.