Paragons of cultural identity
receive the exacting, raptured attention their classic status merits when their image is rendered via the talents of Neil
J. Farkas. Icons, folk idols, national and world symbols that have transcended social or anthropomorphic norms are revitalized
and reexamined on a human level through his extractions of their pure aesthetic potential.
The Michigan-based Farkas
has exhibited extensively in the Midwestern United States, including showings at the Scarab Club of Detroit; Art Space Gallery
of Birmingham, Michigan; Lawrence Street Gallery, Pontiac, Michigan, the Detroit Institute of Art, and the Museum of Fine
Art, St. Petersburg, Florida. Among
many other sites, his work has also been exhibited at Open Space Gallery of New York City. He has recently completed a commissioned
project for the National Baseball Hall of Fame. More recently, Farkas' image “One Flag” was acquired by the Smithsonian
Institution and exhibited in the September 11 exhibition at the institution’s National Museum of American History. An
example of this work is also in the permanent collection of the New York City Public Library, Portland Art Museum, Museum
of Fine Art (St. Petersburg, Florida), and Michigan State University. Commenting on his own work Neil says, "As a product of America's turbulent
60's, it is no surprise that much of my work examines the Pop Art movement, perhaps pushing it forward with new digital technology.
My technique is called photo-synthesis. I see myself as a photo realist by definition. Principally, I work with the
tools of the digital age; however I deliver my work in the traditional means of lithography and serigraphy, sometimes combining
both mediums within the same print.”
Farkas uses tiny tiles of other photographically based images as a proxy
for brush-strokes to create and model his larger subject. On closer inspection, the entire image he depicts dissolves and
leaves the viewer engrossed in a myriad of tiny tiles of individual scenes adhering to the picture surface. One cannot help
as well, contemplating the meaning of his selection of the individual images in relation to the meaning of the subject he
received his Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Science Degrees from Wayne State University, Detroit. He was awarded a doctorate
from Michigan State University, East Lansing.