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Michael Ryan Handley

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20151017022843-the_parting_glass_1
The Parting Glass, 2015 Mixed Media 18" X 24" © Michael Handley
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I Love you Daniel Beckwith, 2014 Mixed Media 18" X 24"
20151017020808-it_s_over
it's over, 2010 #2 Pencil , Acrylic 12"x 14" X 5" © Michael Handley
20151017020832-daniel_predicted_it
Daniel Predicted It, 2014 Sculpture Varying © Michael Handley
20151016232314-everyone_want_to_go_to_heavan_installation_view
Everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die, 2014 Mixed Media Varying © Michael Handley
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Everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die, 2014 Wood, Metal, Photography Varying © Michael Handley
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Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die, 2014 Sculpture / Installation Varying © Michael Handley
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Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die, 2014 Sculpture / Installation Varying © Michael Handley
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Everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die, 2014 Wood, Metal, Photography Varying © Michael Handley
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Everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die, 2014 Mixed Media Varying © Michael Handley
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Everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die, 2014 Sculpture / Installation Varying © Michael Handley
20151016231927-july_9th_2
UNIT 78 Document Scanned TREE #78 Hacked Document Scanner 14" X 18" © Michael Handley
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Unit 79 Document Scanned TREE #549, 2014 Hacked Document Scanner 14" X 18" © Michael Handley
Quick Facts
Schools
Yale University, 2014, MFA
Tags
painting, abstract, sculpture, mixed-media, installation, performance, conceptual, landscape, photography
Statement

I consider myself a landscape artist. I love how artists through time have represented our complicated relationship and understanding of nature, the earth and the cosmos. Now with television and newspaper headlines reeling of global warming, energy fuel crisis and people shouting for a reduction in industrializing nature, I believe being a landscape artist holds endless exciting opportunities to reflect and project the worlds cultures. I spent the formative years of my life living off the grid in the hills of Southern Utah - no electricity and no plumbing, cooking from a wood burning stove. I lived enriched by nature and have since lived in cities where my understanding and interaction with nature has become distant and nearly imaginative. This feels right as memories and knowledge fade with time and displacement, but I believe we are at a decisive moment in humankinds history of engaging with, understanding and redefining what nature is - a point where Governments and private industry have the capability to modify and manipulate nature and the earth in unprecedented ways. This type of evolved manipulation seems to live more in a world of abstraction, science fiction and theory than a physical world. But this phenomenon is very much tangible at this moment in time.