Michael Longhofer’s figurative work ranges from narrative and conceptual paintings to drawings and sculpture. Michael’s diverse subject matter takes a fresh new look at how cultural stereotypes are perceived. In Longhofer’s Inversion series, he breaks the rules of Gestalt Theory by playing around with the Figure/Ground relationship.
Longhofer combines the muse with different types of visual manipulations. He investigates how intimately the figure and the ground can be intertwined. Michael immerses the human being into an environment using different techniques, and demonstrates how the model participates with the background or another object. His investigation of a figure-ground inversion brings together traditional painting methods with a new process to show the tensions between focus and ground, object and subject, humanity, and nature.
Longhofer creates fictional paintings with characters that have a regional connection. These local locations are the backdrops where the action takes place. He always uses his surroundings as inspiration for the work. Within the paintings, there are layers of humor, sarcasm and cultural stereotypes. “Talk about the message. The message is up to the audience.”
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