Michael Darmody earned his Master of Fine Arts at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles before moving out to the Southwest and Farmington. What he learned in theory at CalArts he has witnessed in reality in the Four Corners.
Paper prints of Michaels's work featured here can also be purchased for $150.00. Contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Portrait of Jim Thorpe, 1887-1953. Born Wa-Tho-Huk (“BrightPath”), a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, Thorpe is regarded as the greatest American athlete of the 20th Century. Won both the Pentathlon and Decathlon at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, played professional football and baseball, helped found the National Football League. Image is derived from a newspaper photo at the Olympics; pixelated resolution speaks to Thorpe’s continued relevance in the 21 st century.
The Incredible Hulking Venus de Milo!
High art culture meets comic book Pop. Archetypal Feminine meets Exaggerated Masculine. Most famous ancient sculpture of the Greek Goddess of Love, discovered armless, is restored to wholeness thanks to a loan from a superhero action figure, perhaps redefining feminist power. Original proposal was for this to be an actual full-size sculpture complete with Venus plaster cast and attached arms from Hulk Comic Con figure.
Dodo 2.0.1, Cryptogram Series
Inspired in part by Neill deGrasse Tyson’s Nova Science Now episode about the still-unsolved Kryptos cryptogram sculpture at CIA HQ in Langley, WA. Series takes famous literary quotes, somewhat self-referential, arranges them into cryptogram forms using square grid patterns. Letter fonts, backdrops, colors, etc. offer clues. It is hoped that you will try to figure it out and then appreciate the humor.
Alamy Shiprock Stock Photo Data Drop
From a series of eight variations on a single sample photo of Shiprock taken from the Alamy Stock Photo catalog of “sublime” Southwest natural landmarks. In this instance, Shiprock the peak is overlaid by “Shiprock” the information graphic, complete with former names, measurements, coordinates, descriptions, topographic map, etc.