Opens First Friday, April 7th, 6-9pm
I am an artist/photographer based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where I am an Assistant Professor of Digital Media at Tulsa Community College. I studied painting at the University of Tulsa, earning BFA and MA degrees. I took up photography shortly after graduation and I approach the medium from the perspective of a painter. I became attracted to photography by its immediacy and the magic of the darkroom. Darkroom magic transitioned to digital magic, and the digital medium is all the more immediate and flexible.
My work deals with a spirituality that is manifest through the use of mysterious light and mysterious environments. This light is emitted from within objects, hidden rooms, or the sky. In other images it takes the form of cast shadows or reflections. The results are images that have a supernatural appearance and leave interpretations to the viewers as they interact with them. Another set of images depicts persons in states of spiritual struggle. Still another set is a series of exaggerated war machines which are commentaries on current political upheaval.
Most of my photographs are composites of multiple images. This gives me the freedom to create objects and environments that, although they do not exist in nature, give a unique sense of place or are social commentaries.
~ Michael A. McRuiz