international drawing annual 5 exhibition-in-print
online resource

Michael Slattery
Taylors, South Carolina

Bob Jones University
Professor & Studio Dept. Head

pages 169-170


This particular work is from a series of works depicting people in public places.  Whenever we are in public someone is always watching us.  These works are intended to remind us that we cannot escape the intrusion of an unknown observer.  There is a kind of dialogue between the universal element of a static location that will for the most part remain the same and the particular individuals that are present that make up the composition.  This image is both familiar but can never be reproduced exactly the same way again.

A work of art is ultimately a collection of marks made on a prepared surface.  Drawing is the foundation of most works.  The work itself is composed of a series of black dots.  Even though there is a digital image underneath, the complex work itself is constructed using the smallest fractions of lines and the simplest of all elements.  These fixed and static marks are identical and are repeated over and over again in order to create a kind of architecture that creates an image that mimics video technology that is by its very nature fleeting and elusive.



born:1964, Louisville, Kentucky


Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC, MA, 1988
Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC, BA, 1986                                    

selected awards/honors

Best in Show, Anderson Arts Center Annual Juried Exhibition, Anderson, SC, 2009
Best in Show, Artists of the Upstate Juried Show, Artsiphere, Greenville, SC  2008
Merit Award, South Carolina Water Media Society Annual Juried Exhibition, 2008
2nd Place, Spartanburg Artist's Guild Annual Member Exhibition, Spartanburg, SC 2007

selected publications

Drawing Inspiration, Delmar Cengage Learning Publications, Clifton Park, NY, p. 241-243, 2010
New American Paintings, The Open Studios Press, Boston, MA, p. 148-151, 2008

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Spartanburg County Museum of Art, Spartanburg, SC  2009
The TV Show, Anderson Arts Center, Anderson, SC  2008
Mary Praytor Gallery, Greenville, SC  2007
Pope's Gallery, Charlotte, NC  2006

selected group shows

Atherton Mill, Carolina's Got Art, Charlotte, NC,  2009
State Museum, 75th Anniversary Exhibition, Columbia, SC, 2008
Turchin Center for The Arts, Halpert Biennial, Boone, NC, 2007
Pickens County Museum of Art, The Manipulated Image, Pickens, SC, 2007

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