I am a collector of meaningless relics and my practice is of imitation. Through a process of hunting, gathering, disassembling and replicating, I modify identifiable objects alongside crafted elements—fabricating emulations of society and reflecting on its overabundant remnants or personal conflicts. Through a historical lens, my work focuses on moments where the past and present compare and contrast one another. It reflects upon what happens when a material creates a dialogue about our effect on the world, using the art object as a vehicle for examining the evolution of one’s self and understanding our human condition.
Michael Thron, born in 1990 in Stamford, CT, is an MFA graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, and received his BFA from Syracuse University. His practice investigates materiality, entropy and object ontology. Through gathering, manipulation and replication, his work acts as a conduit to examine the evolution of the self. It sometimes acts as a reminder of personal identity, memory and the human condition.
Michael was raised on the shores of industrial Stamford, CT. Growing up he remembers the scent of fish and low tide in the harbor, walking along the endless rows of boats like soldiers waiting for the return of fish in the spring surf. The nearby warehouses were in ruins or filled with metalworkers and masons. These environments shaped him into a maker, and this is where his fascination with craft, industry and the natural elements collided. He is drawn to these waning industries as if they are myths or artifacts of lost civilizations, applying this sentiment to his sculptural practice.
Michael is a recipient of the International Sculpture Center Outstanding Student Achievement Award in Sculpture, The Mid-Atlantic Sculpture Prize and Emerging Scene Art Prize Dubai. Additionally, he has been a resident artist at Salem Art Works and Gilbertsville Expressive Movement, has exhibited at the London Biennale, Everhart Museum and Katonah Museum of Art, and is part of the Studio 80 Sculpture Park, Salem Art Works and St Anselm’s Abby public collections.