Michael Jones McKean born in 1974 in Micronesia, lives in New York.
Whether in the form of collages, gallery scale or building scale installations, Michael Jones McKean’s sculptures attempt to balance the living and the inert, the human and the non-human, in which each entity is given an equal ontological value. Following the footsteps of assemblage and actor-network theories, McKean depicts a reality in which human conscience is no longer the sole determiner, a reality as a purely emerging state, constantly redefined by the correlation of the various agents inhabiting it. His compositions mix together ready-mades and handmade replicas made out of paper, wood and silicone. The objects are organised within the gallery space, or more often, in luminous boxes in pastel shades that frame and delimit the idiosyncratic relational systems in each ecology. This enclosed structure is what paradoxically restores the sculpture as such, giving it a unified dimension and simultaneously bringing it back to a form of flatness. The volume then blends with the image, the sculptural sustainability with the digital stealth, the space with the screen. ( text by Emmanuelle Chiappone Piriou, from Catalogue “Au-delà de l’image III”)
 
Michael Jones McKean is the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Nancy Graves Foundation Award and an Artadia Award. McKean has been awarded fellowships and residencies at The Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The MacDowell Colony, The International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York City, The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program in New York City.
McKean’s work has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston: Parc Saint Leger Centre d’art Contemporain, Nevers, France: Horton Gallery, New York, NY: The Quebec Biennale, Quebec City, Canada: Gentili Apri, Berlin, Germany: The Art Foundation, Athens, Greece: Inman Gallery, Houston, TX: Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Canada: Project Gentili, Prato, Italy: Shenkar University, Tel Aviv, Israel: The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX among many others.
McKean is currently an Associate Professor in the Sculpture + Extended Media Department at Virginia Commonwealth University where he has taught since 2006 and is Co-Director of ASMBLY based in New York City.

image : Michael Jones McKean, The Advisor, 2013