Michael Robinson (b.1981) is an American artist whose work in film, video and collage explores the joys and dangers of mediated experience, riding the fine lines between humor and terror, nostalgia and contempt, ecstasy and hysteria.
His work has shown in both solo and group exhibitions at a variety of museums, festivals and galleries including The 2012 Whitney Biennial, International Film Festival Rotterdam, MoMA P.S.1, The New York Film Festival, Whitechapel Gallery, REDCAT Los Angeles, Walker Art Center, BFI London Film Festival, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Hong Kong Int. Film Festival, The Austrian Film Museum, Sundance Film Festival, Berlinale, Toronto Int. Film Festival, and The MMCA Seoul. Michael was the recipient of a 2014 MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a 2012 Creative Capital grant, a 2012 Kazuko Trust Award (presented by Film Society of Lincoln Center), a 2011‑2012 Residency Award from The Wexner Center for the Arts, a 2009 residency from The Headlands Center for the Arts, and his films have received awards from numerous festivals. He was featured as one of the "50 Best Filmmakers Under 50" by Cinema Scope magazine in 2012, was listed among the top ten avant‑garde filmmakers of the 2000's by Film Comment, and his recent gallery shows have been reviewed in Art in America, Frieze, and Blouin Artinfo. Michael holds a BFA from Ithaca College, and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago (U.I.C.), and he has taught previously at Binghamton University, Otis College of Art and Design, U.I.C., and the Schule Friedl Kubelka in Vienna. He is represented by Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago, is distributed by Video Data Bank, and lives and works in Los Angeles.