My paint application ranges from thin willowy-fang-like strokes to thick juicy plumages of clustered marks. These shapes coalesce into landscape and figure, eventually dissipating into abstract impressions. My hope is that viewers will encounter their inner realities by engaging the work's limbo state.

Within this innate reflection, I question the potential fears and inspirations, the knowns and unknowns the observers might meet in themselves. This interaction mirrors the sublime that landscape painting aspires to.

Thinking on these ideas, I take the suspended state of my landscapes to construct abstract from. I play with one thing becoming another, marks becoming landscape, landscape becoming something else, and vice versa. The brush stroke becomes a vortex for multiple forms or ideas. The plasticity offers the viewer a choice or perhaps a door to the unknown, and in that choice I hope a piece of the viewer’s inner-landscape manifests.

Michael Nauert
Wildomar, CA | michaelnauert.com

b. 1988 Orange, Ca

EDUCATION

2017
-BFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago

GROUP SHOWS

TBD
-"Monolith" (Land Art), Spectacle Inc, California Desert
2018
—GIFC, 0-0 LA, Los Angeles, CA
—Tallahassee International, Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL
—Conveyor, Young Space, Brooklyn, NY
2017
—I Don’t Play House, Sidewinder Gallery, Chicago, IL
—SAIC Culmination Show, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL
2016
—Small Works, Harper College 39th Annual National Art Exhibition, Harper College, Palatine, IL (Curated by Julie Rodrigues Widholm, curator of Chicago’s MCA)
—Uniqulo Press Release, Toronto, Canada
—Metamorphosis, The Wilson Project, Chicago, IL
2014
—Zhou B Art Center 10th Anniversary Show, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL
—Royal Academy of Arts: Summer Exhibition 2014, London, England
—GEISAI #20, Art Fair by KaiKaiKiKi Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan

AWARDS / NOMINATIONS

2017
-Steketee Scholarship, Ox-Bow School of the Arts, Saugatuck, MI
2014-2017
-Merit Honors Scholarship, School of the Art Institute Chicago, Chicago, IL
-SAIC Support Grant, School of the Art Institute Chicago, Chicago, IL
2015-2017
-SAIC Grant, School of the Art Institute Chicago, Chicago, IL
2015
-Advanced Painting Department, School of the Art Institute Chicago, Chicago, IL
-Steketee Scholarship, Ox-Bow School of the Arts, Saugatuck, MI


2014
-Finalist ”GEISAI #20′′, Art Fair by KaiKaiKiKi Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan


PUBLICATIONS

2019
—8th International Painting Annual, (in press), Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2016
—New American Paintings, Issue 125, (Juror: Steven L. Bridges, assistant curator at Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum.)


WORKSHOPS

2017
“Complexity: Finding and Making Space in Wild Colors” Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Ox-Bow School of the Arts, Saugatuck, MI
2015
“Altered States” Claire Sherman & Valerie Hegarty, Ox-Bow School of the Arts, Saugatuck, MI