Michael Linares

1979, Bayamon, Puerto Rico


Through a wide variety of media including installation, assemblage, sculpture, video and painting, Michael Linares consistently raises the possibility of new relationships between objects and signification in his practice. Mixing the foreign with the familiar and the marvelous with the mundane, Linares disorganizes what is perceived as common sense, to create unexpe00cted combinations that foster new aesthetic and intellectual understanding. Central to his practice is 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.

 He has recently held exhibitions at Casa del Sargento, Beta-Local, San Juan, 2015; Galería Agustina Ferreyra, San Juan, 2015; Art in General, New York, 2015; MACO Art Fair Solo Project, Mexico City, 2014 and Ltd Los Angeles, 2013.He is the founder of La Sonora, 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. The project aims to democratize aesthetic and critical knowledge, while creating an alternative platform for traditional reading. Linares is also in the process of obtaining his masters degree in archaeology.