MICHAEL GIBBS

 

 

1949 – born in Croydon, England

 

EDUCATION

 

1967-70   University of Warwick, England. B.A. (Hons) English and American Literature

1970-71   University of Exeter, England. Post-graduate research at the American Arts Documentation Centre

1971-72   University of Exeter, Department of Education. Certificate in Education

 

living in the Netherlands (Amsterdam) since 1974

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

1974      In Out Centre, Amsterdam

                  Studio Agora, Maastricht

1975      Warwick Gallery, Warwick, England

                  Fignal Gallery, Amsterdam

1977      Galerie Waalkens, Finsterwolde (NL)

                  Galerie Loa, Haarlem (NL)

1978      Verlag/Galerie Leaman, Dusseldorf

                  La Mamelle Art Center, San Francisco

                  Gallery A+, Amsterdam

                  Gallery Sudurgata 7, Reykjavik, Iceland

1979      Galerie Da Costa, Amsterdam

1980      Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam

1982      Galerie A, Amsterdam

                  't Langhuis, Zwolle (NL)

                  Art & Behaviour, Amsterdam

1983      Ruimte Morguen, Borgerhout, Belgium

1984      Galerie Waalkens, Finsterwolde

1985      Galerie A, Amsterdam

1987      De Fabriek, Eindhoven (NL)

1989      Galerie Witzenhuizen-Meijerink, Amsterdam

1990      CEPA, Buffalo

1992      Galerie Van Kranendonk, The Hague

                  AIR, Amsterdam (installation 'Innocence & Experience', in collaboration with Claudia Kolgen),

                 Afterwards shown at: Fotograficentrum galleri iNDEX, Stockholm and Zone Gallery,

                 Newcastle-upon-Tyne

1994      Camerawork, London (installation 'Heaven and Earth', in collaboration with Claudia Kolgen), afterwards shown at Street Level, Glasgow

                  Flatland Galerie, Utrecht

1996      Boekie Woekie, Amsterdam

1998      De Veemvloer, Amsterdam

2001      Galerie de Boer-Waalkens, Finsterwolde

2004      Boekie Woekie, Amsterdam

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

1972-3  Fluxshoe tour of England

1973      A Conceptographic Reading of Our World Thermometer, Calgary, Canada

1975      Internationale Visuele Poezie, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Utrecht

1976      British Artists in The Netherlands, British Council, Amsterdam

1978      Photopoetry, Polytechnic of Central London, London

                  Artwords & Bookworks, LAICA, Los Angeles

1979      Sprachen Jenseits von Dichtung, Westfalisches Kunstverein, Munster

                  The Open and Closed Book Victoria & Albert Museum, London

1983      Fotografie, Galerie Suspekt, Amsterdam

                  Wort fur Wort, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel

1984      3 Fotografen, Galerie De Annex, Amsterdam

1985      Taal in het Beeld, Makkom, Amsterdam

1986      Perfo photo exhibition, Old City Library, Rotterdam

1987      Foto(con)tekst, Perspektief, Rotterdam

1988      Over Fotografie, Van Reekum Museum, Apeldoorn (NL)

                  Stipendia 86-87, Ministry of Culture, Amsterdam

1989      Tekens van Verzet, Fodor Museum, Amsterdam

1990      Art Creates Society, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford

                  Art on Line for AIDS, Paradiso, Amsterdam

1991      Stof en Geest, Gymnasium Felisenum, Velsen (NL)

1992      Wasteland - Fotografie Biennial Rotterdam III, Rotterdam

                  LUMO Photography Triennial, Jyvaskyla, Finland

                  Fodor Longa, Res Brevis, Fodor Museum, Amsterdam

1993      Morgen Gemaakt, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam

1995      l'Art du Tampon, MusEe de la Poste, Paris

                  'Territoria', Triple X Festival, Amsterdam

1996      'transparentien', Grafisch Atelier Haarlem

1997      'A Scenic Detour through Commodity Culture', Maastricht

2001      ‘Digital Aesthetic Event’, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, Engeland

2004      Een boek is een boek is een boek, Apeldoorns Museum

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

1967-77    Editor and publisher of concrete/visual poetry magazine Kontexts

1978-82    Editor and publsher of art journal Artzien

1996-99    Editor, Why not Sneeze?, Internet art magazine (http://www.mediahaarlem.nl/sneeze)

 

Editor van Deciphering America  (Kontexts Publications, 1978) en Kontextsound  (Kontexts Publications, 1977)

 

Artist’s books:

Life Line  (Kontexts Publications, Exeter 1972)

Connotations  (Second Aeon Publications, Cardiff 1973)

5 coloured alphabets in black and white  (Guy Schraenen Editeur, Antwerp 1975)

Pages  (Kontexts Publications, Amsterdam 1976)

Accidence  (Daylight Press, Amsterdam 1976)

Limits  (Kontexts Publications, Amsterdam 1977)

Selected Pages  (Kontexts Publications 1978)

Pages 2   (Editions Da Costa, Amsterdam 1978)

Wounded Book  (Kontexts Publications, Amsterdam 1979)

The Absent Words  (Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam 1980)

SomeVolumesFromTheLibraryOfBabel  (Editions Ex Libris, Amsterdam 1982)

Ocean Park  (Editions Ex Libris, Amsterdam 1983)

Lives of the Artists  (Editions Ex Libris, Amsterdam 1985)

Innocence & Experience  (with Claudia Kolgen. AIR, Amsterdam 1992)

Heaven and Earth (with Claudia Kolgen. Camerawork/Street Level 1994)

Legend, Selected texts 1966-84 (Boekie Woekie, Amsterdam 2004)

All or Nothing / SomeVolumesFromTheLibraryOfBabel (RGAP, Cromford, 2005

 

1986-1995   Contributing editor, Perspektief  photography magazine, Rotterdam

 

contributor of reviews and articles to various magazines, including Art Monthly  (London), Forum International  (Antwerp), Kunst en Museumjournaal  (Amsterdam), Metropolis M  (Amsterdam), Camera Austria, HTV de Ijsberg (Amsterdam).

member of AICA (Association Internationale des Critiques d'Art) since 1987

 

AWARDS

 

Travel grant, Ministry of Culture, The Netherlands, 1977, 1987

Stipendium, Ministry of Culture, The Netherlands, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1991, 1993

Project Grant, Municipality of Amsterdam, 1982, 1992

Basisstipendium, Fonds voor Beeldende Kunsten, 1994, 1997, 2001

 

TEACHING

 

1973 guest lecturer, Dartington College of Art, England

1974 guest lecturer, Exeter College of Art, England

1974-5 part-time lecturer, Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht (NL)

1977 guest lecturer, School of Visual Arts, New York

1981 guest lecturer, Enschede School of Art  (NL)

1987 guest lecturer and critic, Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem

1987-8 part-time lecturer (seminar courses on Postmodernism and Documentary Photography), Camera Obscura,                Tel Aviv

1989-92 Tutor, Art Media Studies, Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam

1990 guest lecturer, School of Visual Arts, New York

        guest tutor, Hoge School voor de Kunsten, Arnhem (NL)

1992 guest lecturer, Academy of Fine Art, Helsinki, Finland

1993 guest tutor, University of Northumbria, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

1994 guest tutor, Glasgow Art School, Glasgow, Scotland

1995 guest lecturer, Hoge School voor de Kunsten, Arnhem

1996 guest lecturer, Hoge School voor de Kunsten, Utrecht

1998- teacher, The Design Academy, Eindhoven

1999 Internet website workshops, Split Academy of Art, Zagreb Academy of Art, Croatia

2004/5 guest lecturer, MA Photographic SAtudies, University of Leiden

 

RELATED ACTIVITIES

 

- organiser of series of exhibitions, presentations and performances at Galerie A+, Amsterdam, 1978

- speaker on forum on Taal in het Beeld (Language and Art), Makkom, Amsterdam, April 1985

- speaker on forum on Modernism-Postmodernism, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, December 1985

- organiser of a "chain " series of exhibitions at City Art Thoughts, Amsterdam, 1985-86

- member of selection jury, Young Israeli Photographers, 2nd Israeli Phototgraphy Biennale, Tel Aviv, 1988

- "The Indistinct Image - Some Contemporary Artists' Photography", lecture at the Rotterdam Photography                Biennale, September 1988

- Artist in Residence, Light Work, Syracuse (USA), March 1989

- member of committee, Visual Art Manifestations and Publications, Raad voor de Kunst (Dutch Arts Council), 1989-1992

- curator of the exhibition "Critical Realism", Perspektief Center for Photography, Rotterdam, Aug-Oct 1990

- speaker on forum "Home is where the art is", Teylers Museum, Haarlem, May 1991

- "Dig it all", lecture on digital media, New Visions, Glasgow, May 1994

- member of committee granting stipendia, Fonds voor Beeldende Kunst, 1994-1998

- speaker at AICA Congress, Belfast and Derry, Northern Ireland, 1997

- member of jury for new media,  3rd Split International Film and Video Festival, Split, Croatia, 1998

- teacher, website workshops, Media@Haarlem, Haarlem, 1997-9

- speaker at symposium on 'Curating the Web', ICA, London, 1998

- chairman of the board, Free Media Café, Amsterdam, 1997-2000

- teacher, website workshops, Open Studio, Amsterdam, 2000-1

- speaker at symposium on Internet Art, Tate Gallery, London, April 2001

- speaker at symposium ‘Ethiek in de Persfotografie, Gemeentemuseum, Den Haag, May 2004

 

 

LITERATURE

 

Interview in Menu , The Lunchroom Press, Michigan 1985

Kees van Gelder, "Het idealisme van Michael Gibbs en zijn kritiek daarop", Artzien  26 (Summer 1982)

Rob Perrée, "The dialectical view of Michael Gibbs", Perspektief  43, Rotterdam 1992

Arjen Mulder, review of "Innocence & Experience", Metropolis M  nr. 4 (1992)

Mark Little, "Innocence & Experience", Portfolio Magazine  nr, 16 (Spring 1993)

Paul Usherwood, "Michael Gibbs & Claudia Kolgen", Art Monthly, March 1993

Andrew Wilson, review of 'Heaven and Earth', Art Monthly, May 1994

Erwin Wijman, "XXXL, Digitale prints op gigaformaat", Capi, nr.3, najaar 1995

Friggo Visser, “Versluierd”, Nieuwsblad van het Noorden, 6 juni 2001.