Verdad Magazine Volume 11
Fall 2011, Volume 11
Art by Michael Wallace
Artist’s Statement: I'm interested in using my work as way to examine the socio-economic gap that exists between the majority of Americans and the corporate/political apparatus that shapes our nation. By using my work to scrutinize and question the way these institutions perpetuate this gap and are presented to us by the media, politicians, and our peers; I am imparting the viewer with a lens to see the world through. This lens offers them an opportunity to re-witness their world through an alternative perspective. The use familiar objects and access to this alternative perspective, provides the viewer a way to more easily understand the works. And, this understanding in turn enables them to begin to raise questions, about this division, of their own.
BIO: Michael Wallace was born in Youngstown, OH in 1981. After receiving his BFA in Photography, from the Cleveland Institute of Art, he moved to San Francisco. While in San Francisco he attended the California College of Art, where he received a MFA in Social Practices. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Michael is currently the head curator of the SIDESHOW Gallery in Cleveland, OH.