Michael Pointer (Zavala)
I am an artist who primarily uses photography. I hang sheets of photo paper, spit chemicals and projected negatives at them. I often write my way to an image or series. The poetry becomes an emotional template for reference while I work on the images. I think photography gets bogged down in looking for technical perfection, particularly in black and white images. I see that as being stuck in the student phase of creation. It is important to know and utilize those principles but I think they should guide from the background. I use what I know about making a dynamic drawing to determine the effectiveness of my images rather than the rules of monochrome photography. Those lessons have been formed over thousands years and are far more responsive to the needs of the human eye.I try to keep my vision big and I consciously look for unexplored avenues. Darkroom practice stifled itself in technical introspection and has thus had difficulty attaining significant new expressions. I'm heavily influenced by painting and contemporary poetry and the darkroom is where I go to advance those ideas. I explore my internal vision drawing on all people I have met, heaven, hell, and the sublime joy of the profligate world.
I am a fourth generation artist. I began my art training at age 9. Although I draw, paint, and write I am best known for my photography. Since my art training was in effect for all of my life I graduated with a BA in English from Wichita State University where I also taught Photography in the School of Art and Design.
2000-”Streetwise” solo exhibit at Trish Higgins Fine Art, Wichita, Kansas
2000-Selected as Lecturer, Wichita State University School of Art and Design, Wichita, Kansas
2000-”Wide Open Lens” Trish Higgins Fine Art
2000-Small Works National Invitational, Period Gallery, Omaha, Nebraska
2000-”Tiny Works...for the Ages” Project Gallery, Wichita, Kansas
2001-13th Faculty Biennial, Wichita State University School of Art and Design
2001-”Drama of the Ordinary” John A. Cade Center for Fine Arts Gallery, Arnold, Maryland
2002-”A Few Good Pointers” with my father, Ed Pointer, City Arts, Wichita, Kansas
2002-”Three” Three person exhibit, Tangent Lab, Wichita, Kansas
2002-”City Arts Juried Art Exhibit” City Arts, Wichita, Kansas
2003-”City Arts Directors Show” Charles H. Sanderson Award, City Arts, Wichita, Kansas
2004- Lecturer in Photography, Newman University, Wichita, Kansas
2004-”Two Mikes” Brickyard, Wichita, Kansas
2004- “A Few Good Pointers Too” With my father, City Arts, Wichita, Kansas
2005- "Gregarious and Appalled" Fiber Studio solo exhibit and performance, Wichita, KS
2005-Select exhibits at City Arts, Wichita, Kansas
2006-”Photoexpressionist” Redline Gallery, Wichita, Kansas
2006-Represented by Phototroph Gallery, Manitou Springs, Colorado
2006- Moved to Woodland Park, CO
2006- “Other Side of the Peak” (paintings) Business of Art Center, Manitou Springs, Colorado
2007- Las Otras Americas” Group exhibit of photography City Arts, Wichita, Kansas
2007-Plantera Group Exhibit, Colorado Springs, Colorado
2008-Artdoxa invited me to join.
2008- Economy collapsed
2009- Moved to Kabul, Afghanistan with Afghanistan Dental Relief Project.
2009-Established dental laboratory with a free dental clinic.
2009-Taught Dental Technology to Afghan women and took dental treatment in to imprisoned women and their children.
2009-Lectured at Centre for Contemporary Arts Afghanistan, Kabul, Afghanistan
2010-Returned to Wichita, Kansas
2010-”Afghanistan” solo photography exhibit, City Arts, Wichita, Kansas
2010-”RE: Generations Three” with my father and my niece, Sarah Roberts, City Arts
2010-”Art and Social Justice: Reflections on Work and Social Justice” Lecture to Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts with the George Warren Brown School of Social Work Washington University of St. Louis.
2010-Invited to Pulitzer Foundation, St. Louis, Missouri
2010-Wichita Arts Council Juried Exhibit, Honorable Mention
2011- Numerous local exhibits in Wichita
2011-”Foto: Pushing Boundaries” Juried exhibit Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011-”The Big Picture” Illiterate Media, Month of Photography Denver, Colorado. Images enlarged and pasted on downtown buildings.
2011-”He” Group visual arts exhibit Steckline Gallery, Wichita, Kansas
2011- “Future Events Appear Real” Three person visual arts exhibit Tangent Lab, Wichita,KS
2012-”The Art of Photography” San Diego Art Institute
2012-Taiwan Photo 2012
2012- "Within the Drought" solo exhibit Erman B. White Gallery El Dorado, KS
2012- "The Bomb Shelter" group exhibit Wichita Kansas
2013- Month of Photography Denver, The Big Picture Biennial
2013- Trace Gallery MOP Denver, "Permanence and Decay"
2014- Black Box Gallery Portland, OR, "Grayscale"
2014- 910 Arts Denver, CO, "The Tattoo in Contemporary Art"
2014- The Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art Epsten Gallery, Overland Park, KS "Phenomena: The Material Image"
2014- City Arts, Wichita, KS USA with my father, Ed Pointer. "A Few Good Pointers: The Return"
2015- Point Gallery, Denver, CO, CTL-ALT-DLT Group exhibit
2015- Month of Photography Denver
2016- Point Gallery, Denver, CO, "Silhouettes of Other Dreams" solo exhibit