Michael Abarca

Michael Abarca's work portrays fabricated situations that investigate the relationships between interacting objects, figures, and space. Large enveloping spaces create tension between notions of presence and absence, while allowing the viewer to focus on the isolated forms and question their purpose in situations that deviate from their intended function. Recognizable objects interacting in new situations forces the viewer to reevaluate his or her understanding of the object and one's own relationship to it. The situations produce various narratives about morality, fortitude, curiosity, and the desire for recognition/validation through extreme measures, often implying an impending struggle and failure.