ZONA MACO 2020 (Blair Thurman & Michael Ross)
02.05.2020 - 02.09.2020
Michael Ross (born 1954 in Buffalo, New York) is an American Contemporary Artist, known for his small-scale sculptures. Although Michael Ross has exhibited conceptually based works including performance, mail art, video, and audience participation projects, the last twenty years have seen the artist direct his focus toward small, precise wall-mounted sculptures created from scraps, unidentifiable hardware and miscellaneous things. Michael Ross’s earliest small-scale sculpture consisted of a single upright thimble containing the dust from several rooms of his home. A small work created by the artist in 1994 made a wry salute to large-scale minimal metal sculptures like those of Donald Judd. Over the years, Ross has also created numerous unique tiny sculptures inspired by the Japanese fairy tales of the writer Lafcadio Hearn. His focus on the minuscule has justly identified the artist as, "a true scholar of the tiny kingdom" and “a pioneer of the subversive small gesture”.
Marked by the likes Frank Stella, Andy Warhol and Steve Parrino, Blair Thurman participates in a dialogue about the limits of image-making. His influences range from Pop Art and Minimalism to childhood relics,
popular music and the cinema of the seventies. Thurman appropriates the inheritance of abstraction in a free and eclectic way, combining a personal iconography with the inherent challenges of painting, which results in multidimensional pieces.
His standardized forms, pulled from slot-car race tracks, architectural frameworks, and found shapes from daily life, go hand in hand with intimate souvenirs — the fascinations of boyhood working to render the subliminal realm of abstract geometries more idiosyncratic and accessible. Thurman refers to the style and significance of his work as his “signature-content” as he investigates the intersection between our cultural environment and our imagined fantasies, examining the memory and poetry embedded in the very act of looking.