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Michael Gross

Nominated by Northwestern Univeristy 

I make images, animations, and installations aimed at making the viewer nervously laugh. Nervously because it implies there is more going on within them than simple reaction to the cleverness of a joke or its execution; their sensibilities are directly interacting with a work, either reaffirming or questioning their beliefs. A person’s sense of humor is easily the most interesting aspect to me, mainly because it can be so unpredictable. A person can have a strong idea of what does and does not make them laugh, but it’s those moments when I catch myself unexpectedly laughing that interest me the most, and I believe a large part of my practice is aimed at presenting works which tease this reaction out of viewers.

Resident year: 
2016
Cohort Group: 
Artist Resident