Michael Kuch

Near Myths

Near Myths is a series of images reinterpreting ancient Greek myths in a modern framework. In loose ink-wash drawings and small lost-wax bronzes, Kuch shows these citizens of the clouds in non-heroic poses. Absent of most of the requisite narrative content, these drawings of old deities act more like portraits than like traditional grand mythological paintings. Stripped of color and exorbitant detail, the images reflect a more humble version of godly omnipotence. With humor and intensity, Kuch revisits the complicated myths of the past to shed light on our complicated and capricious times.