Michael Garaway’s works seemed very different from each other at first glance but the longer one studied his art, the better one could deduce Garaway’s train of thought. One could sense that the main two elements that seem to be omnipresent in his works are nature and technology. Depending on the work one element was more dominant over the other one.
At first glance the abstract shapes in his paintings seem very random - only after indulging oneself in the shapes, one comes to the conclusion that they are carefully planned. The ochre and blue coloured shapes strangely seem to be both nature and technology inspired; it looks as though Garaway combined leaves and twigs with electronic chips - these works have quiet intriguing compositions.
solutions seem to play a big role in Garaway’s process of creating
his artistic works. This is especially visible in his two
magnificent works displaying miniature stairs. One of the stairs were
created from a material that made the stairs seem to ‘ripple’; it
looks as though each step was covered with a layer of water reflected
by a light source.
This is where the author’s technological knowledge comes in - the smoke was not made with a smoke machine or liquid nitrogen - it was created with ultrasound waves and water. It was very impressive what a beautiful effect this technology could create if one knew how to apply it.
Another set of pieces I was especially impressed by was 'Bio-Viscerals' which were white, delicate shapes on black canvas. Again, one could sense some kind of abstract nature-inspired shapes; fossils but maybe images generated by ultrasound or Xrays featuring semi-transparent, glistering drops and organic shapes. I liked that Garaway’s attention to detail made the shapes very defined. If some of the shapes came into being through coincidence then it must have been a ‘controlled’ coincidence.
I admired the artist’s knowledge of technology and skill to apply it to his artworks in such a unique way. Silence, thoughtfulness, mystery, intelligence are the words I would use to describe this exhibition by Michael Garaway.