Mike Hewson (New York)

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Mike Hewson (New York)

 

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'Dim Mirror' (installation view),2015, digital print on various vinyl materials, Pushkin Square, Moscow

‘Dim Mirror’ (installation view),2015, digital print on various vinyl materials, Pushkin Square, Moscow Image: Mike Hewson

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'Homage to the Lost Spaces Series' (installation view), 2012, digital print on exterior of earthquake damaged building, Christchurch, New Zealand

‘Homage to the Lost Spaces Series’ (installation view), 2012, digital print on exterior of earthquake damaged building, Christchurch, New Zealand Image: Mike Hewson

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‘Illawarra Placed Landscape’, 2018 by Mike Hewson, a permanent artwork installed in the Crown Street Mall, Wollongong

‘Illawarra Placed Landscape’, 2018 by Mike Hewson, a permanent artwork installed in the Crown Street Mall, Wollongong Image: Mike Hewson

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'It Holds Up' (installation view), 2013, digital print on adhesive vinyl shrouding scaffolding structure, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney

‘It Holds Up’ (installation view), 2013, digital print on adhesive vinyl shrouding scaffolding structure, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney Image: Mike Hewson

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'Government Life Suspension' (installation view), 2013, digital print shrouding structure slated for demolition, Christchurch, New Zealand

‘Government Life Suspension’ (installation view), 2013, digital print shrouding structure slated for demolition, Christchurch, New Zealand Image: Mike Hewson

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Keynote speaker – Landscape Australia Conference 2018

Mike Hewson is a visual artist with a background in civil engineering and marine and heavy-civil construction. His projects open a dialogue between art and architecture, seeking to find a synergy with the political objectives of a community while actively pushing against the regulatory framework that dictate the material surfaces, layout, infrastructure and appearance of each project’s peculiar civic arena. His practice focuses on thoroughly understanding the constraints of a project and then working around these to find new ways to sneak artwork into or onto a site.

Hewson recently completed a large-scale commission for the Wollongong civic centre that aims to revitalise the city centre and create a series of identity-forming icons for the city. The project used the public art budget to solve functional issues in the mall by introducing the local landscape (sandstone and living trees) as a kind of absurdist sculpture that doubles as both outdoor seating and children’s playground.

Mike Hewson received a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) in Civil Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 2007 and a Master of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) from Columbia University, New York in 2016. He lives and works between New York and Sydney.


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