'Protest and Riot'

Exhibitions of work by Michael Ross

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From Monday January 21st to Sunday February 3rd 2019

Opening Reception: Friday January 25th 7 - 9pm


As a visual artist, Michael Ross uses captured moments to trigger open questions; rather than telling a story, he presents the viewer with a snapshot that allows them to fill in the blanks, letting the story grow organically in the mind of the viewer. In doing so, Ross highlights the subjective nature of human inquiry.

 

The possibilities are dangerous, menacing and at times eerie, as though each moment we are presented with is a knife-edge, a critical point stripped bare of context for us as viewers to examine and assign our own values and judgements to. Full of anxious potentialities, the imagery springs from a position of rage, of indignation, of social and personal unrest.

 

The people he portrays occupy a dangerous, but passionate space. They are shown engaged in brute reality; self-absorbed and consumed by either the urgency of response to opposition or the motivation of their cause. The narrative tension is at a breaking point, Ross offers you a window into the critical moment and then steps back, how you interpret the work, and whether you do so with impassioned empathy, cold political discourse or secret fascination is entirely up to you. This is where the power of his work lies, not as mere social commentary but as a catalyst for introspective conflict.


Opening Reception: Friday January 25th 7 - 9pm


All Welcome!