Born and based in the Midwest, Michael McCluskey explores truth in overlooked places and uncovers hidden layers in the mundane. His photos are a natural extension of an interest in film and music, a showcasing deeply cinematic sphere wherein dinner tables and Americana streets are dripping with tension, foreboding emotion and Crewsdon-sequel fantasia.
The images take hold of the night through evocative uses of lighting. Neon signs, flood lamps and glassy windows are illuminated against the starry outdoors.
Pools, open deserts and closed driveways reflect an overbearing sense of stillness and resolute calm that is at once captivating, alluring and threatening.
1. All images courtesy of the artist.