My name is Mike Hovancsek. I have generated a lot of visual art, writing, and music over the last 30 years. My work is widely scattered around the world thanks to various art galleries, record labels, publications, and radio stations. While I am grateful to all the people who help to get my work to the larger public, I also realize that it can be confusing to keep track of all the different outlets. Hopefully, this website will enable people to see a decent cross-section of my work in one place.
My work includes multimedia performances, visual art, writing, video, music, and spoken word. Most of it is unified by the idea that art is more interesting when it trips up our cognitive processes and forces us to look at life with new eyes.
I make music that combines instruments and tunings from a wide variety of cultures in an attempt to create something new. I play several instruments including the Japanese koto, Chinese zheng, and Indian sitar. I have several recordings of my work available. You can read about these releases, listen for free, or purchase downloads here. I also make video art and record soundtracks for other video artists. Click here to see an example of my soundtrack work.
I have written and published articles in academic journals, newspapers, magazines, A&E publications, and literary journals. I write in a range of styles including academic articles, editorials, reviews, feature articles, and humor pieces. I have also made a few appearances on national radio programs. Due to copyright restrictions I can't post MP3 files of those pieces on this website but you can read the text to a recent humor piece that I wrote/performed for Public Radio International and I have posted a few articles about the arts on this site.
My visual art often combines photography, painting, and experimental print-making techniques. It has appeared in galleries, publications, and websites around the world. You can see examples of my work here.
Feel free to contact me if you would like to share your opinion, hire me for a workshop, purchase prints, or publish/exhibit my work. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org