Michael Kalish is colorblind and was a horrible art student. His future as an artist was unsure, until he saw a random license plate on a road trip. “I was like, this is cool. They’re colorful, they’re iconic, they’re bold, they’re thumbprints.” says Kalish.
That sent the sculptor on a road trip across the country, stopping in small towns, flea markets, and junkyards searching for license plates of all kinds. Next he decided to cut and piece them together to create iconic pieces of art. “There’s this really great dichotomy,” Kalish says. “These were in old boxes shoved away in a flea market, now it’s in a contemporary art gallery.” His unique art style has earned him fans and collectors from the rust belt to Hollywood.
Kalish has produced art pieces for companies, causes, and celebrities like Muhammad Ali. His favorite projects are ones that take him out of the studio. He is titling his next project “Monumental” and says it will reconnect him with the country that influenced his style. “I’ll go into these cities around the country and create these interactive concepts… on this whole journey across the country.”
To see more of Michael Kalish’s work, visit http://michaelkalish.com/.