(un)conditional works: Michael Lambert
Where: Nada & Co.
When: February 1 – March 30; Opening reception on First Friday, February 1 from 6-9 PM.
Michael Lambert has been compelled to make “stuff” for as long as he can remember. Born in Scranton, PA and having resided in Northeast PA his entire life, Michael has always been interested in drawing, cartooning, painting, music and writing. An active musician since the age of 12, he also trusts in both art forms’ abilities to mutually inform and relate to each other in his work as a whole. Michael graduated from Marywood University in 2001 with a B.F.A. in Painting and has since been sowing his artistic roots in Northeast Pennsylvania.
In my recent work I’m using “process” to further explore the human condition. The formal elements within a painting reflect different direct experiences – the obvious to the subtle – I have in any and every kind of interaction and relationship. Equally, I work to internalize collective values of a people and in general how they treat each other. This spans from simple things like how we treat strangers we pass on the street to what we see on the news and hear about how we act towards one another universally. It then becomes part of a process of catharsis – so I don’t hold on to it and let it become part of who I am – whether good or bad – a cleansing and purging. More specifically I’ve been working around the theme Mudita – which is a buddhist term meaning ‘joy in the good fortune or success of others’, and Schadenfreude which means ‘joy in the misfortune of others’. This is the focus of my recent work, but it always directly relates to addressing a universal experience with the present and evolving human condition and the microcosms that exist from relationship to relationship.