Crystal Michaelson

Crystal Michaelson

Venice, CA, United States

About Crystal Michaelson

I love to scribble. It all started when I was a small child, coloring " outside the lines" with my mom.The waxy smell of a box of crayons brings back happy memories of sprawling out on the floor drawing . That feeling of freedom that I experienced then, is with me today when I start mark making and painting.

My art expresses the interplay I have with my environment and daily interactions.Intuitive marks and gestures guide me through a process of layering, constructing, deconstructing and reconstructing.

The work dictates when it is time to stop.

Visceral, immediate, raw.



Growing up in the suburbs of Washington,D.C., exposure to culture and history fostered a lifelong love of the arts.
Having lived the majority of my life in Southern California. I developed a great appreciation for the dynamic landscape and bohemian spirit enveloping the beaches, mountains and deserts surrounding me.

I find myself moved and touched by the differences in our society, the polarization generating our volatile political climate.

My more recent work is reflective of my response to the times we are living in. As a mixed media artist, I have found a wonderful place to escape and share my concerns and compassion with my viewer.

Being medium driven, I love getting my hands messy and delve into the paints , gels, and variety of mediums I am using ( even finger painting sometimes.) Often I incorporate found objects or items that have special meaning to me , or just speak to me for some reason. I recycle my own artwork, often tearing old paintings and drawings up and using the energy they once possessed, in a new, fresh way. Sometimes I will include things from my travels, nature, memorabilia, industrial cast offs, old paint brushes, used drop clothe\s and other found objects, in my art. Using this history to document my life's journey, reworking it into a new narrative. My mixed media art tells the tale of my conversation with the world around me.

Education



I attended the University of California Santa Barbara, California State University Northridge, Art Center College of Design, and extension classes at UCLA.

Some mentors I have had the privilege of working with .are , the late Franklyn Liegel, Katherine Chang Liu and Philippa Blair.

Events

I am excited to be showing my artwork in the upcoming Other Art Fair Los Angeles...at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica , California Thursday Sept 5- Sunday September 8, 2019 Sept

Exhibitions

2019 " Kindle " Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts Los
Angeles, CA
2019 " Summertime Soiree" Janssen Art Space Palm
Springs, CA
2019 " BNSA " Art auction Crocker Art Museum .
Sacramento, CA
2019 "Super Bloom" Janssen Art Space Palm Springs,
CA
2019 " Estimated Time of Arrival" Arena 1 Gallery . Santa
Monica, CA
2019 " Love Songs" .Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts,
Los Angeles, CA
2019 " Art Box Gallery" Janssen Art Space Palm
Springs, CA
2018 . " Small Wonders" Janssen Art Space . Palm
Springs, CA
2018 " 22 Pieces" Janssen Art Space . Palm Springs,
CA
2017 " Los Angeles Art Association Open Juried Show"
Gallery 825 Los Angeles, CA juried by Anna Katz,
curator at MOCA
2017 " 6 Women" Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts
Delson Lounge Los Angeles, CA
2017 " Mixed Use" . Janssen Art Space . Palm Springs,
CA
2017 " Serenity" . Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts Los
Angeles, CA
2017 " Brand 45 Works on Paper"national juried
exhibition Brand Library and Art Center
Glendale, CA juried by Leslie Jones , curator of
prints and drawings at LACMA
2017 On going exhibition at Westervelt's Fine Arts
Laguna Niguel, CA
2017 " Chroma" Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts . Los
Angeles, CA
2017 "Open Call Black Box " Art Space Boecker
Contemporary Heidelberg, Germany and
traveling through Europe
2017 "DTLA featured artist at the DTLA Art Lounge"
Los Angeles, CA
2016 " Paradox" Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts Los
Angeles, CA
2016 As-Tratto "7 Con 7 Amici Statunitensi" Palazzo
Torlonia Avezzano, Italy
2016 " Anniversary Open Show" Hangar Gallery Santa
Monica, CA
2016 "Play" . Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts . Los
Angeles, CA
2016 " Spectrum- Gestalt" . Bleicher/ Gorman Project
Space Bergamot Station Santa Monica, CA
2016 " Montage" . Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts .
Los Angeles, CA
2016 "Agoura Event Center", featured artist Agoura
Hills, CA
2016 " Things Fall Apart" Art Share Los Angeles, CA
2016 Lamperouge Gallery Brewery Arts Complex . Los
Angeles, CA
2014 "Brand 42 Works on Paper: Celebrate" Brand
Library and Art Center Glendale, CA juried by
Jack Rutberg
2014 " Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Open Call" .
Barnsdall Art Park Los Angeles, CA
2014 . " Thousand Oaks Art Association juried Open
Show" Thousand oaks Community Gallery
Newbury Park, Ca juried by Bill Anderson
2014 . " Buenaventura Art Association28th Annual Open
juried Show' Buenaventura Gallery Ventura, CA
juried by Robert Burridge
2014. "Topanga Canyon Gallery Juried Open Show"
Topanga Canyon Gallery, Topanga , CA juried by
Jim Morphesis
2013 " Women Painters West Winter Exhibition" . Arena
1 Gallery Santa Monica, CA
2013 "Solo Show: Featured Artist Reyes Adobe Days"
Agoura Hills, CA
2013 " Morgan Stanley Permanent Collection" New
York, New York
2013 "Topanga Canyon Gallery Open Juried Show"
Topanga Canyon Gallery Topanga, CA juried bt
Om Bleicher
2012 "Into The Blue" Arena 1 Gallery Santa Monica,
CA award winner, juried/curated by Anne
Thornycroft
2012 " Los Angeles Art Association Open Juried Show"
Los Angeles, Ca juried by Rebecca Morse,
association curator MOCA
2011 " Works On Paper: Entrances and Exits" Brand
Library and Art Center Glendale, Ca juried by
Peter Frank