Michael Netter. Nature’s Bounty, ca. 1990. Mixed media on canvas 68 × 68 in / 172.7 × 172.7 cm.
In Netter’s words, “Looking back across my body of work, I’d say I’ve been inspired most by the riddles posed by out of-context symbols, words, marks, everyday objects, commercial and vernacular messages, and religious talismans (milagros). Nothing seen as special. Appreciating that “meaning” is subjective (and unstable), I’m not concerned with narratives. I want my work to register as random incident, images haphazardly on top of each other, as if found on street walls. I use stencils because they are impersonal and unmannered, the pedestrian medium of a sign painter rather than a fine artist.”