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Solitude/Paper: First Friday with Michael Giles

Michael Giles' new works on paper are an exploration of abstraction and an attempt at fostering new meanings. The images are founded upon the patterns and the spaces observed by the artist in the text of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude. The hope is that a new understanding can be found at the intersection of text, colors, lines, and layers of materiality.


Michael Giles is a Venezuelan-American artist working primarily in painting and drawing. He has exhibited internationally, and currently lives and works in Knoxville, TN. Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, he was raised in Baltimore, OH. He studied as part of the Reciprocal Exchange Program at Edith Cowan University (Perth, Australia, 1996) and received a BFA from the Ohio State University in 2000, and a MFA from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2007. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN.