Michael Parker is the founder of ALMLA – Artists’ Loft Museum Los Angeles. Parker also makes things such as Steam Eggs, recumbent obelisks, juicey ceramic installations and arches. His projects Lineman, The Unfinished, and The Ides meditate on historic symbols of power. The Steam Egg and Juicework engage with public intimacy through the experiential. ALMLA confronts actual power structures playing out between tenants, landlords, marginalized communities, real estate developers, and city officials.
Parker teaches sculpture at California State University, Long Beach and is on the Programming Committee at Human Resources. Recent projects include The Ides: Radical Cartography at the Palm Springs Art Museum; The Ides (arch du triumph) mapped by Vi Ha in Current LA; Juicerinas at The Getty; Steam Work at Southern Exposure; Attractions at High Desert Test Sites (HDTS); R.S.V.P. Los Angeles at the Pomona College Museum of Art; Remembering Victor Papanek at the Armory Center for the Arts; Shitwork with Machine Project and HDTS; Juicework at Human Resources; The Unfinished at the Bowtie Project; Lineman with Los Angeles Trade-Technical College; Sound Camp with HDTS; Feel the Love with Machine Project and Cold Storage. He holds a BA from Pomona College (‘00), worked five years as an EMT throughout LA, and holds an MFA from USC (‘09). And is a recipient of the California Community Foundation’s Emerging Artists Fellowship, a Center for Cultural Innovation Artists’ Resource for Completion grant, and a Printed Matter Award for Artists.