Tragic Comity: Prologue oil on canvas, 36"X32", in progress shot
From a new series, Tragic Comity, I've recently been working on. The images included are sourced from vintage photographs found online, recombined to create vignettes that are quasi- allegorical in nature. I'm interested in an ambiguity between life and the theater of life, between instincts and social mores and where they meet. The exploration is still quite new and the piece I've included is a very direct work by comparison to the sketches I've been producing, which I'm sorry I haven't included. I want to reserve all of my personal comments, descriptive or critical (of which I have many), so that this work itself may be viewed without a particular slant or bias. Any comments and criticisms, (formal, palette, thematic, etc.) are appreciated. I feel a bit stuck in some ways and feedback would be most helpful. Thanks.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Michael Schmidt is an artist working out of Akron, Ohio. He received his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2004 and his MFA from the California State University, Long Beach in 2013.