Geneseo, New York
Artist Michael Wedge paints engaging surrealist images that play on the contrast between urban lifestyles and rural settings. “My work is the product of my interest and curiosity in how the viewer sees or relates to their environment,” says Michael. Time, perception, and emotion also enter his work as he draws fascination from humans and their relationship to technology and nature. Drawing and painting for as long as he can remember, his family encouraged and supported him to pursue his artistic ambitions. Michael developed his style that relies strongly on the media employed in its construction to build a visual language that remains guided by the content. “I believe that reality is more than what we can see, hear, and touch,” shares Michael. He works at a small studio space in his home that offers natural light, allowing him to evaluate colors accordingly. Photography and digital collaging take part in his process of creating intuitive references to whimsical and enigmatic narratives. In addition to his successful career as a fine artist, Michael shares his craft as an art teacher to 400 awesome little kids at a nearby public school. He revels in woodworking and enjoys anything to do with a frisbee. The Black Radish Studio at the Village Gate in Rochester hosted his first solo exhibition.