DescriptionThis is a representation of a devolved being. He is dragging his knuckles, a signal that he has 'returned to his ape form.' On the other hand, he has devolved beyond the need for eyes. He wears a beard to accentuate his teeth and to intimidate predators or rivals, and evokes a return to the primordial mind, dictated by base impulses. He represents the lower emotions surrounding sex, violence and territory. He is a manifestation of the animalistic side of humans, still lurking beneath.
Michael Slatky, NYC Member Since August 2007 Artist Statement Michael Slatky (b. 1972) is an American artist who works in watercolor, pencil, ink, and digital media. He is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City with a B.F.A. in Illustration. He currently lives in Manhattan.
Slatky’s pieces are immediately striking; visceral, hallucinatory, and simultaneously fascinated with and repulsed by the human form. His focus is nothing short of the limitations of bodily reality and the possibility of transcendence.
In 2011, Slatky self-published his first book, "Dogs' Minds in Asphalt: Book One" in a limited edition. 2012 will see the release "Dogs' Minds in Asphalt: Book Two", as well as "Approach Me", part of an ongoing collaboration with the artists’ collective 1RODHWY.