Michael Genovese is a contemporary visual artist. He creates work that aims to connect with collective experiences, be it social or existential. Each project can be as much a documentation of broad themes as a personal journal. He speaks to the familiar, however, through mark making, reduction, or transformation of the recognizable, he reassigns power. He is not eliminating evidence or obscuring facts, but instead he re-contextualizes our perception of meaning and history. His work is about archives, permanence, and the designation of value. His concern with materiality, and the treatment of his chosen media, furthers the investigation of worth. His particular approach, and the work’s content, move to alter our preconceptions and change our proximity to what is tangible.
His recent work is comprised of large-scale geometric, color field paintings which visually derive from screen grabs of keyword image searches, specifically, the grid that briefly appeared while images were loading on his mobile phone. Genovese created original artworks appropriated from digital substitutes for representational images — compositions that are now hyperreal, and subsequently truthful, in their own right.
In addition to his studio practice, Genovese is an educator and frequent collaborator with communities, artists and journalists. This process is referred to as “field work,” and functions as a sort of drawing and foundation for new work. His methods include performance, crowd sourcing and research, which result in experiences that generate subject matter to produce, reveal, and respond to. The projects have included a national call and response crowd sourcing archive that documented the voices of communities throughout the U.S., collaborative installations, and education outreach programming in overlooked communities throughout Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami-Dade Counties.
Genovese lives and works in Los Angeles, California and his solo exhibitions include: Intervals at Moran Bondaroff, in Los Angeles, CA; Lines and cracks and zebras and horses at OHWOW in Los Angeles, CA; Joliet at Paris London Hong Kong in Chicago, IL; PS and PPS at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum in Miami, FL; Institutionalized at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL; It’s not the heat, it’s the humility at OHWOW, Miami, FL; His work has been reviewed and featured in ArtReview, London, UK; The Monocle, London, UK; the Los Angeles Times, the Miami Herald, Chicago Tonight (PBS/WTTW); the San Antonio Express and El Pais, Barcelona, ES. He has also completed residencies and visiting artist tenures at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Chicago, IL; the Frost Art Museum/FIU, Miami, FL; NIU School of Art and Design, Dekalb, IL; New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL; Co-Habitat, Monterrey, MX; the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship, Danish Arts Council, Copenhagen, DK and TOTH, Los Angeles, CA.