Michael Bartalos puts an image to Alan C.’s poetry

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I am a drawer
I am a turtle
I am a Mexican
I would be rich
I would be a hamburger
I would be bomb noise
I would be the smell of markers
I would be a wrestler
If I could be a word I would be hipihiperhipy

by Alan C. age 10
Paul Revere Elementary School

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 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 recently awarded a National Science Foundation grant to commence an Antarctic-based artist’s book project in January 2009.

Bartalos lives and works in San Francisco, and serves on the board of the San Francisco Center for the Book.

Check out more of Michael’s work at http://www.bartalos.com

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