"My recent body of work,Tomorrow Land, is a series of paintings and sculptures that contrasts the failures of modern industry with the my belief in science and technology to change our world for the better.
The first group of paintings start with the simple juxtaposition of a large shadow over an aerial view of abandoned locations. The shadows cast are of things that symbolize what I refer to as, "Aspirational Technology". These are things that represent, or at one point represented, the progress of our technological civilization and the glory which a future in space would bring. The locations depicted are towns, neighborhoods and population centers which have been recently abandoned due to industrial negligence. These areas represent the hubris of our species and lack of foresight that has been so catastrophic over the history of human civilization. For me these works embody my optimism along with a realism about what we as a species are capable of.
What is art for the viewer but a catalyst for inspiration? I want to make work which inspires and engages the viewer in what I truly believe is important and what drives me. I believe in space exploration and the pursuit of technology as a vehicle to the future. There will be bumps along the way, because we are flawed. Some advanced technology will be used irresponsibly or simply for evil. However, the progression of science and technology also represents the evolution of our species. We are the first species just smart enough to evolve ourselves outside of natural selection and Darwinian evolution. Do we need to be smarter? Yes. But we don't have to wait millions of years to get there naturally. We can do that through our ingenuity. Creating a body of work that can open a dialog about these ideas is what I am working towards with my art."
Micah Ganske was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1980. In 2002 he received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Post-Baccalaureate certificate from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2003. In 2005 he received his MFA in painting from the Yale School of Art. In 2005 he was the recipient of the Adobe Design Achiement Award in Digital Photography at a reception held at the Guggenheim Museum in New York where his work was also displayed. In October 2007 Deitch Projects exhibited Ganske's first solo exhibition. In 2011 he launched his second solo exhibition at RH Gallery in Tribeca. Micah Ganske is also a 2012 Fellow in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Awards and Honors
2012 Fellow in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts
2012 Museum of Art and Design Open Studios Residency
2011 Canson Wet Paint Grant
2010 Cill Rialaig Residency, SW Kerry, Ireland
2005 Adobe Design Winner for Digital Imaging
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