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Michael Cardacino is a multimedia artist who lives and works in Springs, East Hampton, NY. His art, realized in sculpture, installations, stills and performance pieces on paper and video, evidences an unusual representational take on how art can expand awareness and create a shared experience of timely events, and provoke a constructive conversation about the causes of suffering and conflict in the world.

His work, built with popular images and ideas appropriated from the streaming collective consciousness- including the Internet, TV, movies, cave painting, stand-up comedy and his own photographs -- constitutes a kind of sensory language that can be easily read, the purpose of which is to foster compassion through recognition and understanding.

By mixing images of real-life people and objects which have historical and cultural significance with cartoon-like figures and objects, the artist hopes to excite an appreciation of how a simple and accessible style can prompt consideration of serious subject matter. For example in a digital collage titled, "Integrity Protecting the Works of Man Revisited," manipulated images of multiple Mr. Money Bags, from the board game Monopoly are combined with an altered photograph of the exterior of the New York Stock Exchange, which has added to it a vast below ground chasm filled with a gigantic pile of human skulls and cartoon bags of money, which are being tossed down from the Exchange's balcony by several Mr. Moneybags. Size, scale and materials are, of course, selected with an eye to enhance a particular theme and mood.

The more subtle purpose of this art involves leading the viewer away from consciousness of the self into being a witness to humanity. In the series, "Portraits of Thought," a work titled Monicagate, a collective portrait of former President Bill Clinton, his consort Monica Lewinsky, First Lady Hillary Clinton, prosecuting Attorney, Ken Starr and key witness Linda Tripp, ninety images of each individual, placed side by side, appear as a stop-motion, time line of their thoughts, revealed in their emotional expressions. A single frame of a recognized emotion can momentarily halt time when the viewer's perspective is shifted from judgmental thoughts to empathy. A viewer, it is hoped, would draw the conclusion that by observing the movement of thought, psychological suffering and conflict would be abated, to be replaced by shared ideas and action not burdened by self interests.

Solo Show - Freedom & Justice For All - Williams Club, NY,NY
Featured Artist - Love & Politics -- Tulla Booth Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
Featured Artist - Pollock-Krasner Museum - Artists on Film Series
Featured Artist - East Hampton Historical Society -- Baymen's Last Stand, East Hampton, NY.
Award - Paris Is Burning-Video- Winner-Long Island Biennial--Heckscher Museum Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington,NY
Permanent Collection Maritine Museum -- Baymen's Last Stand, Amagansett, NY.

Exhibitions 2010
Body of Work I,II,III,IV -- Group Shows -- Ashwagh Hall, EH, NY.
Guild Hall Members Exhibition -- East Hampton, NY. (In all Annuals)
Exhibitions 2009
Men -- deCordova Gallery, Group Show , Greenport, NY 11944
Exhibitions 2008
War & Peace - Just In Time For The Election Group Show - Ashawagh Hall, EH, NY
Photographers East 15th Annual Members Show -- Ashawagh Hall, EH, NY.
Springs Invitational -- Springs Improvement Society
Exhibitions 2007
Photographers East 14th Annual Members Show -- Asawagh Hall,EH, NY.
AAEH Annual Members Show -- Springs, NY.
BFA - NYU School of Film & TV, 1976 - AS - SUNY at Farmingdale, Photo Tech 1972

Professional Associations and Artist Collaborators
Director/Board Member Artist Alliance of East Hampton 2007-2009
Director/National Board Member -- American Society of Media Photographers 2001- 2004
President -- New York City Chapter -- American Society of Media Photographers 1999 -- 2001
Body of Work Artist Group -- Collaborative Shows -- 2009- Present
Artist Alliance of East Hampton -- Member -- 2005-Present
East End Photographers Group - Member 2008 -- Present
Photographers East -- Member - 2007-Present
Guild Hall of East Hampton --Member - 2007- Present
Adjunct Professor/Photography Dept. - CUNY at Queensboro Community College -- 1994-2000

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