OPEN STUDIOS ON THE SIDEWALK
Multidisciplinary artist currently living in Onset.
The definition of “shelter” is to protect or shield from something harmful. I think art is one of the most powerful tools in encouraging love in our community. More of that and we will be able to withstand anything.
Filipe Miguel immigrated to the United States at a young age. His love for incorporating textiles and masonry materials into his artwork is directly inspired by his Portuguese parents who worked in factory assembly lines, and construction companies.
Miguel often creates immersive art installations that are imaginary, yet also have personal connections to social and cultural anthropology. In one of his installations called,” The Throne of Likes”, Filipe constructed and assembled a giant throne adorned with Iconic “Likes” symbols from social media. In this work, Miguel invited his audience to sit on the Throne of Likes, take a selfie, and share it, examining our infatuation with being liked in the ether of social media.
Filipe has strong ties to the New Bedford art community. He was a graduate of UMass Dartmouth, College of Visual and Performing Arts and earned an MFA from the University of Connecticut. He is currently at Hatch Street Art Studios, located at 88 Hatch Street in New Bedford.
Miguel’s latest works explore what it’s like to be an educator in the ever-evolving school landscape. In these new works, he uses familiar doodles like the cool “S” and iconography found in schools to express today’s emotional and social challenges. Filipe is an art teacher at Barnstable High School in Hyannis MA.
More from the artist:
I have a studio space at Hatch Street Studios in New Bedford where I build most of my works but my art practice extends outside my space. I’m always working because I’m always paying close attention to the things around me. Art making for me is like taking a walk alone, you reflect on things that happened, things that are happening and things that will happen. Along the way, I’m always feeling, examining, deconstructing and connecting. My studio is less like the romantic stereotypes of artists and more like an incubator for ideas or a laboratory for material exploration.
New Bedford is rich with culture and history. I am thankful to be a part of a community that is supportive of artists.
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New Bedford Symphony Orchestra Pop-up Performance
Music is both a doorway and a shelter. Musicians of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert at our Custom House Square installation with a program of music that embodies the spirit of both these enduring values.