Misha Kligman’s recent bodies of work are driven by a search for the mystical after the death of god. The paintings, drawing and photographs depict ambiguous locations both familiar and unrecognizable. They are views of wooded areas, nondescript parks and edges of city streets that could be anywhere. Dullness and flatness of color accompany purposefully unrefined handling of material in an attempt to make a work that is at once brutal and serene.
Kligman (b. 1978, Kazan, Russia) holds an MFA in Painting & Drawing from University of Kansas (2009) and BA in Art from Cleveland State University (2000). Kligman’s work has been exhibited regionally and locally at the City Ice Arts, Epsten Gallery, H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City Artists Coalition, Spray Booth Gallery and Paragraph Gallery among others. Reviews of Kligman’s work have appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Lawrence Journal World and Kansas City Star. Kligman is a member of Plug Projects - a curatorial collaborative and exhibition space. He lives in Kansas City and shares a studio with his wife, painter Amy Kligman.