Incidence and Reflection
May 31 - July 25, 2009

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Hall of Records Los Angeles 3, 2008

Hall of Records Los Angeles 5, 2008

Gravity and Drag, 2008

Shield and Bubble, 2008

Hall of Administration Los Angeles 3, 2008


Michael Salvatore Tierney lives and works in Los Angeles.

Artist Satement

Aesthetic arrest is the primary goal of my work. I seek to capture and momentarily suspend the viewer by achieving a balance between abstraction and representation. Ultimately, I am more interested in a phenomenological approach that concentrates on the study of consciousness in many different ways, through for instance, personal perception, memory, retention, signification, etc; direct experience as opposed to documentation. The work is further deconstructed both photographically as well as digitally to support this approach.

The images of 'Incidence and Reflection' were made by extracting and deconstructing elements of architectural interiors from municipal buildings around Southern California. The choice to focus on municipal structures, with their distinctively unique color palette, severe angular lines, reflective surfaces, and intense, harsh lighting was both formal and conceptual. The acrylic face and aluminum back mounting fo the photos further abstract the work, taking in light and bouncing it out again, reminicent of the Minimalism. California art of the 60's and 70's along with the concurrent architecture from that era are continuous sources of influence for me. I am interested in creating photographs that can also be viewed as objects.

Curriculum Vitae


BA, Art History, University of Massachusetts

Attended Loyola Marymount University


2009 George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


2009 "4x5", Frank Pictures Gallery, Santa Moncia, CA
2009 "Fresh", Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
2009 George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2009 Los Angeles Art Show, Los Angeles, CA
2008 Art Now Miami, Miami, FL
2008 A-B(o)MB, Miami, FL
2008 Red Dot London, London, UK
2008 George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

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