MAINSITE Contemporary Art hosts two solo exhibitions from artists Ellen Moershel and Michael Fischerkeller from Friday, August 9 through Friday, September 13. Michael Fischerkeller will hold an artist talk from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, August 8, 2019 where you can learn more about his process and preview the exhibition. The talk is free and open to the public.
Following a meditation-induced heart opening in the Summer of 2013, Michael Fischerkeller was inspired to elucidate through art the truths of disruptive social issues of our time. Having acquired a Ph.D. in political science in 1996, Michael leverages his academic background to offer concise, often poignant compositions and accompanying narratives to provide deep understanding and coherence of complex issues. Fischerkeller is inspired by street artists and so, recognizing that the “street” is most often and most severely impacted by social issues, he chose their primary instrument of communication - spraypaint - to deliver his messages. His starting point is always a black canvas, symbolic of the black light referenced in Sufi mystical prose from which the light of our universe emanates, light that seeks to overcome the darkness in our lives. Through on-going meditative practice Michael receives guidance on issues upon which he should focus and imagery to support their understanding. His artwork has been shown in dozens of juried exhibitions, nationally and internationally, with a particular emphasis on exhibitions focusing on art’s role in promoting social change. He strives to ensure that his art educates, inspires, and offers opportunities for personal healing. Michael lives and creates in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
Through a street art aesthetic I strive to capture a shared social conscience and offer truths of increasingly complex and significant political, economic and social issues of our time; where light shines, shadows fall. Candor and social justice drive my creative process resulting in stark yet elegant artwork that encourages an audience to critically view their world, focus on what is habitually overlooked, face what may be uncomfortable truths, and act to improve their lives and those of others. My narratives are transcribed through acrylic spray paint – a street artist’s instrument – as the “street” is most often and most severely deprived of social justice. Earlier works include images of the feminine appropriated from centuries-old artwork, often from moralist movements, to suggest causality between the imbalance of feminine / masculine energies in ourselves, our social constructs and institutions and the enduring nature of many social ills. Consistent with a rebellious undertone, as these artworks were generally acquired by their era’s ignoble elite, appropriation of their imagery in the service of socially-conscious work is particularly fitting. My current series – Children of War – focuses on mankind’s greatest evil and the innocents who suffer the consequences.