Artist
Michael Wedge Wyoming, New York

Michael Wedge works in a variety of mediums: sculpture, painting, mixed media and more. He oftentimes starts with a mental image and creates digital collages, which become the basis for his paintings. A lot of his work references themes from his personal life, such as the experience of living in a city versus in the countryside. If his art seems mysterious, it’s because he enjoys making complex works. “I am attracted to images or moments that seem to have something subtle or hidden under the surface,” he explains. When he’s not making art, he teaches it at an elementary school.

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    About The Artist

    Michael Wedge works in a variety of mediums: sculpture, painting, mixed media and more. He oftentimes starts with a mental image and creates digital collages, which become the basis for his paintings. A lot of his work references themes from his personal life, such as the experience of living in a city versus in the countryside. If his art seems mysterious, it’s because he enjoys making complex works. “I am attracted to images or moments that seem to have something subtle or hidden under the surface,” he explains. When he’s not making art, he teaches it at an elementary school.

    Artist Statement

    My artwork is the product of my interest in how we see and relate to our environments. I am fascinated by people and their relationship to technology, nature, and each other. Time, perception, and emotion also enter into my work. For me, the concept of each piece determines its form. The art I make relies strongly on the materials used in order to build a visual language, yet these are guided by the content. I allow the work to develop from my thoughts, feelings, and experiences, but the meaning that I put into the art is not as important as what the viewer takes from it and consequently does with it. I think of art as a tool for communication as well as a launchpad for new ideas.

    Artist Background

    Rochester Institute of Technology
    Master of Science, 2009

    SUNY Fredonia

    Bachelor of Arts, 2007

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    Jwoodrome 1/2/2013 | 6:40 PM

    Wow. Very striking piece

    J Kopun 7/26/2012 | 4:07 PM

    Hey Mike, Cool art! We were trying to friend you guys on Facebook but you both are super private. Can you friend Alex Fedorow on Facebook. His profile pic is black and white and he is playing the guitar. Hope to speak to you guys soon. Jeanne

    Michael Wedge 8/5/2010 | 4:18 PM

    Great! I'm glad to hear you are happy with it. Enjoy!

    Brenda 8/5/2010 | 10:58 AM

    Just received Girl in a Blue Room - it's even more beautiful in person. I love the background design, and the way you can see it through the girl's face.

    Michael Wedge 4/4/2010 | 1:04 AM

    I'm very glad to hear it arrived safely and that you are pleased with it! Thank you for your purchase. I hope you enjoy it for years to come.

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    T Hagerman purchased this artwork. 3/23/2010 | 5:10 PM

    Just received my painting. The shipping took some time, but I very pleased when it arrived. The colors and composition where exactly what I was expecting. It is now perched above my fireplace and definitely the showpiece of my family room!

    Michael Wedge 6/30/2009 | 6:17 PM

    You're very welcome. Thank you for looking and sharing your thoughts.

    L Drake 6/30/2009 | 5:36 PM

    Well said. I am often struck at how much time we (people) spend doing each activity. I, personally, have spent days on planes, weeks in cars etc. I also find it interesting that traveling vast distances in short amounts of time is almost incomprehensible to the human brain, and it is such a relatively new phenomenon. Being in a different state or country in a few hours can be psychologically disorienting. Thanks for explaining your art!

    Michael Wedge 6/30/2009 | 5:28 PM

    I realized that a significant amount of my time was spent driving and that much of what I experience (and many people experience) visually is seen from moving vehicles. It is a unique viewpoint because even though we are still, the world around us is in motion. I guess if all the visual information a person takes in on a daily basis is given equal weight, then that information which is seen from a car or a train or a plane is especially important in shaping our overall understanding of things because we can see so much in such a brief period of time.

    L Drake 6/29/2009 | 1:48 PM

    That sounds interesting. I know other artists on Ugallery have captured the methods of travel, such as planes etc, and others have portrayed the destination as a scenic getaway. Your piece "Destination" actually captures the experience of walking and taking a taxi. Very cool. How do you think travel contributes to our visual culture?

    Michael Wedge 6/26/2009 | 11:05 PM

    LBelle, thank you for your kind words! I am currently working on a series of paintings relating to the theme of travel, how it contributes to our visual culture, and how it is related to the art-making process. Thank you again for your comments.

    L Drake 6/25/2009 | 5:42 PM

    Hi Michael, I think your "Destination" piece perfectly captures the hassle and frazzle of city travel. I love your art! Thanks!

    Michael Wedge 6/12/2009 | 2:04 PM

    Thank you, artist_atl. I appreciate it.

    artist_atl 6/12/2009 | 12:40 AM

    Wow! It would be impossible to become tired of this, which so much activity for the eye to take in.

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