Michael Stevens aligns the comedic and sinister and the crude and refined in his mixed-media, wood sculpture and reliefs. These works are invested with the artist's attraction to dark comedy and irony, notorious aspects of his personality that, despite disclaimers and protestations, cannot disguise this artist's zest for life. Growing up in the 1950s before the family television set, he was captivated by the dichotomy of seemingly three-dimensional images contained within a flat screen. Telecasts of slapstick cartoons, local children's programming, and somber stories on the evening news delivered both whimsical and meaningful narratives directly into the family living room. The impact of this programming had a profound influence on Stevens from an early age and continues to inform his work today.