Oil and acrylic on canvas, 41 cm x 51 cm (16" x 20").
Michael : "My works investigate themes of present and future, featuring deconstructed and distorted realities that traverse themes of science fiction, climate change, symbols of permanence, puzzles, and my role as an artist in society. They are captive moments that both reveal and obscure meaning while celebrating their own illusion.
Within this assortment of images and environments, I invite viewers to contemplate and explore the collection of narratives present in these visual possibilities by re-imagining the classical through a contemporary lens.
What will our society be remembered for after we are gone ? What will we leave behind, when we are left to float in the void of space or in the memories of others ?"
Working across a range of materials and techniques, Michael Marks' creative work has been shown nationally and internationally in over eighty exhibitions in twenty states; in US cities including New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Saint Louis, Austin, and Chicago, and internationally in Copenhagen, Prague, and Perth. His writings on contemporary art and education have been published by Temporary Art Review and the Paris College of Art Press. He serves on the board of FATE (Foundations in Art: Theory and Education) as editor of FATE In Review, an academic journal focused on arts education and visual culture. Marks is an Associate Professor of Art and Chair of The Department of Art & Design at the South Carolina School of the Arts, USA.