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Painting Faculty Member Explores Geographic Inspirations in Solo Show

Exhibit Showcases a Half Century of Michael Economos’ Work; Highlighted in City Paper Review, Beacon Feature

Posted 10.19.10 by MICA Communications

Michael Economos, "Floza"

BALTIMORE--MICA presents The New York Years Versus the Maryland Years, a solo show examining the divergent destinations of Michael Economos' career as an artist, on view Friday, Nov. 19-Sunday, Dec. 19 in Bunting Center's Pinkard Gallery, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave. A public reception will take place Friday, Dec. 3, 5-7 p.m.

Economos, a painting and drawing professor at MICA for 46 years, believes an idea develops from life experiences, either positive or negative, and it is possible to translate these ideas into paintings. The New York Years Versus the Maryland Years will delve into the personal stories that separate these two locations as distinct periods in his life.

• READ: City Paper review of the exhibition.
Baltimore Beacon profile feature of Michael Economos


For Economos, the 10 years he spent in New York were challenging. His reaction was to explore the sad reality of debris living in the smallest pockets of New York grass. The result was a series of paintings of grass paired with familiar objects, such as cans of Coke and Colt 45. After his first show in New York, Artforum referred to his work as containing "vanitas elements such as melancholy, nostalgia and the passing of time."

After a decade of commuting from New York to MICA, he decided to move to Maryland, where he discovered the Chesapeake Bay and bought a sailboat. The new challenges in his life were no longer the urban realities of the city but in capturing the color and light refraction of water. Here, he moved the figure from reality to abstraction, often placing it in a dream-state reality. His quest to allow his paintings to voice ecological concerns remains the connection from past to present.

Hours for MICA's galleries, which are free and open to the public, are Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays, noon-5 p.m. They are closed on major holidays.


Image caption: Michael Economos, Floza, 1978.

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