Sometimes reusing objects, with their worn texture and embodied history, is far more interesting than using something new. Los Angles artist Mike Stilkey knows this. He uses tall stacks of old, discarded hardcover books for his canvas, painting figures reminicent of Weimar-era German expressionism. Not sticking to pure vertical space, Stilkey’s newer pieces often cascade onto the floor, moving out into the room, transforming the whole room.
For more on his work, check out mikestilkey.com and be sure to see the video of his artistic process at the bottom of this page.
Here Stilkey does an installation at the Hurley )( Space in Costa Mesa, CA.