Born and raised in Niles, MI, I received a BA with a concentration in painting, sculpture, and video from Antioch College in 1999, and have been living and working in Brooklyn, NY since 2000. My work has been exhibited at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Pratt Institute, and the Williamsburg Art & Historical Society, with a 2014 solo show at the Lobby Gallery of 1133 Avenue of Americas presented by The Durst Organization and chashama, and an upcoming solo show at the Krasl Art Center in St. Jospeh, MI. I donate a portion of all exhibition sales to arts-related non-profit organizations and have contributed work to benefit auctions held at Luhring Augustine and Cheim & Read galleries.
Michael's Statement: Deeply invested in each of my subjects, I extensively observe and reveal nuanced obsessions, secrets and personal histories through my practice and processes. Often originating with sketches, journal entries, or photographs, I construct subconscious narratives through painting, drawing, collaging and printing my subjects (sometimes combining several/all of these media and techniques), carefully choreographing each marking, brush stroke, cut, color, pattern, and layer.
'LPs' (Lenticular Portraits) are physical representations of how my eyes process rows of record spines. A labor intensive process that blends my passions for painting, sculpture, music, stripes, lenticular motion, and the discovery of personalities through possessions and organization. Each piece shifts and moves with the viewer, creating countless paintings within a painting as the details and colors merge, fracture and weave of childhood nostalgia.