“Hey! This one looks like its in 3-D.” This comment by a fellow museum visitor piqued my curiosity while viewing Emerging Artists (Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, Georgia). Optical art was not among the contemporary work. Missing were strategically placed lighting effects. Yet Michael Ross’ canvases were aglow with activity, color and light.
Ross notes in his artist’s statement:
‘The figures in my paintings are on the move. They exist in transient flux but have a sense of mission: a decision is looming, an obstacle lies ahead that will leave them changed…Like a film director, I want to create worlds [that] must feel real and lived, if heightened and cinematic. ‘
Despite all this drama, it was Ross’s quiet lush landscapes that kept me captivated at the exhibition. His oil painting Waxwing in a New Forest simmers with the thick humidity of the South. The transplanted Marylander has embraced his new home “with all its beauty and tragedy.”
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