Michael Cardinali

Boston, MA

Michael Cardinali was born in New York in 1979, and grew up in Brooklyn and New Jersey. He received a BFA from Purchase College in 2001 and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2009. Cardinali teaches photography at The University of New Hampshire and Anna Maria College. He lives and works in Boston, and has exhibited across the United States, and internationally at Mumford Fine Art in London, The Red Dot Art Fair, and the Royal Academy of Art. The series Boston’s Emerald Necklace was compared to the poetry of Robert Frost, by The Exposure Project in an article from their November 2010 blog post, and his work was featured on the cover of Gallery Guide Europe in February of 2008.

Boston’s Emerald Necklace

The everyday wilds encountered by a city dweller often amount to a space shaped at least as much by hands as by nature’s impulses. The beauty of public parks and green spaces that may at times seem effortless, often hides the underlying mechanics of toil and care. The Emerald Necklace is one of the country’s oldest series of parklands. It exists as a chain of parkways and waterways stretching 1,100 acres from the hub of Boston’s Back Bay to the outlying neighborhoods of Roslindale and Roxbury. Its history reveals a visionary creation, overdevelopment, neglect, and renewed efforts at restoration and maintenance.

Moving to Boston four years ago from New York City, I was intrigued by this incongruous swamp with a city growing out of it. Passing through an eclectic commingling of roads and traffic, community gardens, birds and mud, I eventually arrived at the Arnold Arboretum. At the southern end of the Emerald Necklace, this 265-acre tract of land is home to the most diverse collection of trees in the United States. It is the country’s oldest public arboretum, the garden of gardens.

Over the past two years, I have been photographing this area with a large-format camera. I am continually struck by how this land is brought to a kind of order through a combination of rivers and plumbing, hills and stonewalls, mulched footpaths and untamable lowland swamps. It’s a complicated place where order and unencumbered growth exist atop one another, reflecting the way we live in a dance between different if not entirely opposite forces.


2009 MFA, Photography: Massachusetts College of Art and Design

2001 BFA, Photography: Purchase College, SUNY


Annual Faculty Art Exhibit, Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA.

Low Tech, Curated by Crista Dix, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO.
Artists in the Arboretum, The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Boston, MA.
Black and White, Curated by Andrea Modica, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO.
Summer in the City, Mumford Fine Art, London, UK.
Sultry II, Kris Graves Projects, Brooklyn, NY.
Paperworks: 4th Annual Exhibition of Art Produced on Paper, Mumford Fine Art, London, UK.
12th National Juried Art Exhibition, Curated by Dan Addington, Baker Arts Center, Liberal, KS.
24th International Juried Show, Curated by Susan Kismaric, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ.

Aqua Art Miami, Kris Graves Projects, Miami, FL.
To Here: Selections from Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s 2009 Graduate Photography Class. Curated by Laura McPhee, Kris Graves Projects, Brooklyn, NY.
Thesis Exhibition, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA.
Landscapes of Remembering and Forgetting: Photographs by Michael Cardinali and Sculptures by Corinne Kamiya, Patricia Doran Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA.

Michael Cardinali: Photographic (solo), Mumford Fine Art, London, UK.
Red Dot Art Fair, London, UK
Boston Young Contemporaries, Boston University, MA.
Midway Show, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA.
Watercolours and Modern Works on Paper Fair, Royal Academy, London, UK.
Red Dot Art Fair, New York, NY

Hello, My Name Is…, Patricia Doran Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA.
Sun and Splendor, Mumford Fine Art, London, UK.
Bridge Art Fair, Chicago, IL.
Red Dot Art Fair, New York, NY.

Illumine, NY Fine Art, New Century Artists, New York, NY.

Open House Exhibition, Mumford Fine Art, London, UK.
Creative Relief in the Days of Summer: An Exhibition of International Art, Little Rock, AR.

Group Exhibition, Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council, Newton, NJ


University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.

Rockland Community College, Rockland, NY.


Phillip Jung, "Michael Cardinali", The Exposure Project (online, November 19).
The New York Optimist, "Kris Graves Projects Presents Michael Cardinali", November.
Wall Space Gallery, The Flat File (online, October).
The Center for Fine Art Photography Blog, "Michael Cardinali", Current Exhibition, Wall Space Gallery

Eyes of Artists blog post, "Michael Cardinali" review by Corey Presha, July 10.

Christine Finn, "London Photo Show Features Striking Tech Mix", Wired Magazine: Underwire online review.
"Greetings from New York", Astoria Postcard, Buzzer Thirty Arts Organization.
Gallery Guide Europe, Cover Photograph, February.
Watercolours and Drawings: Modern Works on Paper (catalogue) Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK.

Guide Magazine, Artist Feature Section, July. Grand Prize Winner of Juried Competition (six-page spread).


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