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Michael Bartalos


2012, mirrors, wood, hardware, model.


My installation, MELT, takes the future of water for its subject. As populations, economies, and technologies grow, humanity's relationship to Earth's oceans and freshwater is expected to shift in drastic ways. Innovative instrumentation, advanced climate models, and informed analysis are evolving to predict coming changes. MELT references such tools but makes no forecasts. Rather, it calls for thought and response to the global water challenges ahead of us.



Michael Bartalos, born in Heidelberg, Germany, attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received his BFA from Pratt Institute.

He produces limited print editions, artist’s books, sculptural assemblages, and works extensively in the graphic arts in the U.S., Europe and Japan.

Bartalos characteristically draws on science, geography, history and language in merging bold graphic elements with letterforms, digital media with traditional printmaking methods, and sculpture with book form. His projects utilize laser cutting technologies, perforated metals, neoprene, wire, fastening hardware and handmade papers, often creating narratives supplemented by his own text.

He has created limited book editions with Dolphin Press & Print at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, New York’s Purgatory Pie Press, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, and the San Francisco Center for the Book. His works have been exhibited internationally and are included in numerous artists’ books collections including those of the Getty Research Institute, MoMA, the Walker Art Center and Yale and Stanford University.

His 42-cent Latin Jazz stamp design was issued by the U.S. Postal Service in September 2008, and he was awarded a 2009 National Science Foundation grant to create an Antarctic-based artist’s book project now in progress.

Bartalos lives and works in San Francisco where he serves as Chair of the Imprint of the San Francisco Center for the Book and first Affiliate Artist of the California Academy of Sciences.

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