Board-Up / Gilded Storefront
Laser engraved monotypes, paper, ink, gold leaf, wood, and video
Exhibit located at 68 East Mill Street, Greystone.
My work is a response to my surroundings, my neighborhood and things I encounter to, in the words of artist George Georgiou, “remind myself of the significance of the ordinary and familiar that is right in front of my nose.” My digital camera allows me to give compositional order to visually chaotic locations, while also documenting change in my surroundings over time. Laser engraving, screen printing and collage bring a physical property to my photographs and keep my hands engaged in the making of the work. Organizing a living collage of overgrown, layered and peeling urban grit through photo-based media, my work engages time, deterioration and human-wear with photography, screen printing, reductive engraving and collage.
I process my digital photographs with a laser engraver to manipulate the paper's painted surface. By painting layers of ink on rag paper or glass, the laser is controlled to reductively etch the photographic image through the inks layers. The resultant image is textured and distressed though still recognizable and relatable to the original photograph.
I’m drawn to formal elements; textures and patterns that are developed through natural and human-influenced deterioration. These weathered surfaces are enhanced and overwhelmed by the noisy surface of the laser-etched inked paper and glass. Recently, I have begun to collage laser-engraved and screen printed elements together in order to create compositions of greater scale and complexity. I am referencing the peeling surfaces of old billboards, walls covered in layers of wheat-paste advertisements, and faces weathered by time and environmental factors. As I continue to grow with this process, I plan to experiment with the impact of weather, sandblasting, laser engraving and other reductive processes on my collages to create tension between image and object, digital and analog, control and chance, representation and abstraction.
Micah Kraus is an artist and educator living in Akron, Ohio with his wife, artist Kim Eggleston-Kraus and two dogs, Jonny Freckles and Rosie Squeaks.
Artwork is for sale by the artist. Inquire with the artist for pricing and availability.