Juxtaposing the ephemeral with the eternal, Michael Gittes toggles between rendering current the long forgotten and filling centuries of feelings into an evanescent moment. Gittes weaves math, science and history into his works on canvas, paper, glass and video, some of which straddle the line between figurative and abstract. Although Gittes often approaches his work with a scholarly solemnity, he once stated that making art was like making music: “Artists lecture you while musicians dance with you. I want to dance with my viewers.”
Michael Gittes has had several solo exhibitions, including at New York’s Park Avenue Armory and the Korean Demilitarized Zone. His work has been in group exhibitions at The National Portrait Gallery of London, Grand Palais in Paris, Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, and Finalnd’s Espoo Museum of Modern Art. Gittes was born in Los Angeles in 1987 and graduated from Wesleyan University. He lives and works out of his studio in Los Angeles.