On our Walls: Clouds by Michael Schwartz

It’s time to welcome a new artist to the walls of Studio67. This month we are very pleased to welcome the photography of neighbourhood local Michael Schwartz!

Be sure to join us tomorrow night, Thursday, August 17th from 8pm - 11pm for Michael’s opening reception at Studio67!

Interview with the artist:

Tell me about yourself, Michael.

Well, I was born and raised in Toronto. I’ve always had a deep love for neighbourhoods like Kensington Market. After graduating from film school I started working in commercial advertising and I’m still at it. I have a beautiful wife and four amazing kids and I run a production studio here in the King west area called Frank Content.

Can you tell me about how you first came to visual art. Did you study formally anywhere? How long have you been a practicing artist?

Working in the film industry, I was exposed to some of the best cinematographers, art directors and crew in the country, which gave me the opportunity to watch and ask questions. Quite often, I’d be shooting the action on set; street style shots. I was always taking photographs but didn’t have the time to take it to the next level. But luckily now I have more flexibility and I’m able to focus on photography like a second career.

Why has photography become your main medium of expression?

Most people look but don’t see, and that’s what photography has done for me. It’s my only creative outlet other than fishing.

What would you say is the signature character of your art?

I haven’t settled on one specific style as of yet, but most of my work falls under the category street photography.

If you had to describe your art to someone in a couple of sentences, how would you do that?

Random shots of people bring who they are during unfiltered moments when they’re not being influenced to behave differently.

Can you tell me about this particular installation?

Clouds is different from my other work. In a way, it kind of stands alone. But as a collection, I felt that these photographs are compelling. They spur the imagination, they’re like a daydream. And anything that can do that is a worthy endeavour.

What piece of your work (that's at Studio67 right now) do you love the most and why?

This one. The power lines and hydro poles represent stability in an unstable and constantly changing world.