Michael Winkler is a visual/conceptual artist. For over 35 years, he has been engaged in an exploration of the imagery and implications of a process-based transformation of language. His project reveals an unexpected patterning hidden in the signs for written words—the imagery is created by mapping the spelling of words into a uniquely designed alphabetic circle (he wrote: “The letter-sequencing of spelling constitutes a patterning of intuitively formulated manifestations of meaning; the patterning arises from intuitive choices made by the collective consciousness of our cultural ancestors”). His project has attracted interest both within and outside the international art community—it was featured in the landmark anthology “Imagining Language” in the company of work by authors such as James Joyce, Victor Hugo, and Lewis Braille (published by MIT Press; Ed. Rasula & McCaffery).
His work is collected by many prominent art and literary libraries—major collections are housed at: The Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, Yale, Stanford, University of Chicago, and the University of Pennsylvania (U. of P. presented a 22 year survey at its Rosenwald Gallery in 2004). Works from the project have also been exhibited at: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta; Kassel Art Museum, Germany and other major art institutions in the U.S. and Europe. His awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Penn Council on the Arts, a LINE Book Award, and a Special Members Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.
Michael Winkler’s primary residence is now in New York but he has been either a full-time or part-time resident of Bridgton, Maine for almost 25 years. In Maine, he collaborated with Portland Ballet Company on a project based on his work, “Spoke of the Wheel,” which premiered in 2006 and was last presented in 2017. The Portland Museum of Art presented his audience-interactive performance/installation, “D.R.A.W.” in 2006. CMCA included his work in: “Linear Perspectives” 2008, “On Line” 2004, and the 2004 Biennial.