With a rebellious undertone characteristic of street art, Michael Fischerkeller strives to capture a shared social conscience and offer truths of increasingly complex and significant political, economic and social issues. Social justice and minimalism drive his creative process resulting in elegant artwork encouraging an audience to critically view their world, focus on what is habitually overlooked, face what may be uncomfortable truths, and act to improve their lives and those of others. At every opportunity he references values, satirically or directly – integrity, humility, compassion, selflessness, trustworthiness, responsibility, and dependability – on large canvases of size and weight consistent with the gravity of the issues to which they speak. His instrument is acrylic spray paint – the instrument of the street artist – as the “street” is most often and most severely deprived of social justice. Images from centuries-old artwork, often of moralist movements, are routinely appropriated and embedded into his compositions in ways that accommodate his minimalist, forthright approach. Consistent with a rebellious undertone, as this artwork was generally acquired by its era’s social elite he considers appropriation of its imagery today in the service of socially-conscious work to be particularly fitting.
Michael received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Ohio State University in 1996. After a meditation-induced heart opening and a purchase of street artwork in the Summer of 2013, he was inspired to elucidate through art the disruptive social issues of our time. Michael’s work has been shown in dozens of juried exhibitions nationally, with a particular emphasis on exhibitions focusing on art’s role in promoting social change. Michael has three solo exhibitions scheduled for 2016. He lives and creates in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
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