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December 11, 2008

About Michael Bartalos

Michael Bartalos was born in Heidelberg, Germany, and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Pratt Institute.

He works extensively in the graphic arts in the U.S., Europe and Japan. His design commissions include Swatch watches, the Latin Jazz commemorative stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service in September 2008, and most recently, the merchandise and display graphics for the California Academy of Sciences’ three retail stores.

Bartalos is the Academy’s first Affiliated Artist. His current project, The Art of Recycling in Antarctica : The Long View, is facilitated by an Antarctic Artists and Writers Program grant from the National Science Foundation. The Long View Project blog is hosted exclusively by the California Academy of Sciences, inviting readers to follow the artist’s travels, discoveries, and creations at the crossroads of art and environmental science.

Bartalos also produces limited print editions and sculptural assemblages, and has created artist’s book editions with New York’s Purgatory Pie Press, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, the San Francisco Center for the Book, and Dolphin Press & Print at the Maryland Institute College of Art. His editions are in private and public collections including those of the Getty Research Center, MoMA, the Walker Art Center, and Yale and Stanford University.

Bartalos lives and works in San Francisco, and chairs the Imprint of the San Francisco Center for the Book. More of his work can be found at bartalos.com.

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  1. When we first got to Japan in 1983, Junko had an exhibition that was called: “Gomi-e” made from rubbish, not for recycling purposes, but because we had no money for art supplies!

    Are there any driftwood kinds of materials you can use there, or must the materials be man-made waste?

    Comment by Malcolm Wong — January 5, 2009 @ 10:49 pm

  2. Hi Malcolm, I’m only using man-made materials specific to scientific research. The Antarctic Conservation Act limits the removal of biological / organic material from the continent.

    Comment by mbartalos — January 8, 2009 @ 5:54 pm

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