Michael Tewz


Past Projects

Current Project

I am a native Chicago artist that has been working with public space since the early 1990’s. I am interested in the way people engage with space & getting them to think about it in new ways. These places offer thousands of opportunities for artistic intervention. For example, an empty lot can be the venue for a 1 day art gallery, market, performance, or semi-permanent covert sculpture installation. The audience for public space is very different from those of gallery space. The majority of city residents aren’t exposed to art. They may never set foot inside of a gallery. Working on the street allows me to bring art to the people, instead of bringing people to the art.

I work primarily with resources and materials that are readily available on the street. Discarded trash, wood, electronics, & plastic can all be creatively RE:Used. These materials call attention to resources that are being wasted and ignored. They force us to think about how we use materials and what we throw away.

My work also deals with public space on a conceptual level. The static spaces between radio stations offer opportunities for pirate broadcasting. This raises questions about control, ownership, and access. Who has the right to these spaces? Are they public? or are they private?