LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
United States of America
Michael Beitz is an American contemporary artist and designer who plays with and challenges the functionality of everyday objects. He is interested in the deep impact that furniture can have on our lives, at home and in public spaces. He explores the feelings of intimacy, isolation, and alienation by distorting familiar furniture, allowing the viewer to question their significance, and reflect on their unconscious influence. Through his knotted couches, intertwined beds, and looping tables, he reveals, in a humorous way, the complexity of human relationships. With his outdoor works, Beitz also offers perspective on the way urban planning and architecture dictate social interactions, or create the absence thereof, while giving the illusion of freedom. His intricate tables and benches, twisting or falling from buildings like waterfalls, aim at offering a visual escape from daily grind, bringing people back together and igniting conversation.
Born in Buffalo, NY (US), Michael Beitz was inspired at a young age by Navajo potter Maria Martinez’s work and started to experiment making ceramics from clay found near his home. He went on to study ceramics at Alfred University. He later spent several years training alongside the world renowned American furniture artist Wendell Castle, where he acquired skills in wood craftsmanship. He then completed his studies with an MFA in Sculpture from the University at Buffalo (US).
He performs public art commissions and interventions, and exhibits works both nationally and internationally. His work has been included in Banksy’s Bemusement Park “Dismaland” in the UK as well as “Home Futures” at The Design Museum in London.
He is currently based in Berlin.
WHO I AM
I am a Berlin based American artist challenging functional design in public spaces.
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