Michael Shemchuk

Shemchuk’s abstract paintings communicate the idea of layering, imbedding and tagging. His use of reclaimed and recycled paper ( news paper, gift wrap, ticket stubs, phone books, utility bills, paper bags, junk mail) creates a visual labyrinth of color, texture and cultural imagery. Navigating these paintings reveals texts, symbols and patterns imbedded in the surface, a detritus of paper and paint. The overworked surface is a collection of fractures and fading images, creating a landscape of industrial shapes, and lyrical lines floating on grids of distressed color. These floating shapes and images seem to take on a language all their own, revealing trivial and vital information. Inviting us to share in the dialog.