Michael Thomas Hurley received his MFA degree from California State University, Chico in 2014 and BFA degree from the University of Wyoming in 2009. His work explores the influences humans have on the natural landscape, as well as the effect that earthly processes have on human constructed spaces.
A remarkable feat of trompe l’oeil casting, ‘Corner Street Cone No. 1’ reflects Hurley’s intrigue for signifiers of human influence in nature, and vice versa, and conveys his skill at sourcing and deftly multiplying objects in slipcast stoneware. The cone holds a role as controller and determiner of spatial interaction, instigating a symbolic psychological reinterpretation of our environment and its boundaries, but the byproducts of transience and portability find themselves questioned in this newly disguised concrete form.