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Mike Estabrook
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Sunset Park

ARTIST STATEMENT: My work is deeply rooted in the tradition of fantastical figurative drawing and painting found in everything from medieval European paintings, Chinese scrolls, and communist murals, to contemporary comics and cartoons. I find the use of the human (or monstrous) figure in art to be a basic and indispensable means to communicate fundamental truths about political realities, identity, and emotional existence. For several years, I have been making cutout figurative works that leave behind the confining rectangles of frames, stretched canvas and panels. This is an act of subversion - defying the easily commodified form of the framed art object, while freeing the figure from any predetermined context. I take these discrete figurative elements, and make sprawling installations with them, allowing each new site to define the particular configurations of the work. In addition to small cutouts, I also make large scale two-dimensional paper puppets, which feature in an accompanying series of animations. These puppets range from 7 feet to 12 feet in height, and are made up of 10 or more discrete parts. I like to take these parts - a hand, a weapon, a head, a shin, etc., and use them separately as elements of the sprawling installations mentioned above. I liken this process to the Dada and Beat technique of Cut-Ups, where writings were cut up and reassembled, making way for chance and intuition to define the final product. The imagery I use is frequently political in nature. I make drawings and paintings of things like predator drones, invasive wildlife, fighter jets, abusive police, and otherwise naked men in lacey KKK robes. These installations are an emotional response to the political situation around me, intended to convey a surreal impression, rather than expressing a literal didactic message.

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MIKE ESTABROOK Curriculum Vitae
248 McKibbin St., #3R
Brooklyn, NY 11206 (347) 282-6448

2012 MacDowell Colony, Petersborough, NH
2010 NY Arts Beijing, Beijing, The People's Republic of China
LMCC Swing Space, Governor’s Island, NY
2009 AAI Rotating Studio Program, Artist Alliance, NYC
2007 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Workspace Program, NYC
Elsewhere Artist Collaborative, Greensboro, NC
2005 Artists In the Marketplace, Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY

Solo and Two Person Shows:
2011 Kangarok 2020, The Revenge of Hoth: The Ice Mines of Urbana (the frozen Yoga)
The Krannert Museum of Art. The University of Illinois at Urbana/ Champaign
2010 Beijing Bai Jiu Battles, NY Arts Beijing, Beijing, China
2009 Kangarok BC LES DS, Cuchifritos Gallery, NYC
2007 Standing Army, HQ Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions and Screenings:
2012 Absurdo Absolutum II, Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Ad Libitum, ABC No Rio, NYC
Amplify Action, Skylight Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Speculation and Spectacle, Rogue Video, Brooklyn, NY
2011 Can't Hear the Revolution, Kunsthalle Galapagos, Brooklyn, NY
Letting Go, Seton Hall University, Newark, NJ
Nepo 5k Don't Run, Nepo House, Seattle, WA
The Perfumed Handkerchief, Flux Factory, Queens, NY
32 Below, St. Cecilia's Convent, Brooklyn, NY
Refugee Reading Room, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA
2010 Likeness, Honfluer Gallery, Washington DC
No Assumption, Minneapolis, MN
The Chinese Encyclopedia, Cuchifritos, Gallery, NYC
Malleable Memory, Aikon Gallery, NYC
Texas FireHouse Presents, Season Opener 2010, Texas FireHouse, LIC, NY
2009 The Neon Knives Are Sharp On Broadway, Broadway Gallery, NYC
Feedback, Cuchifritos Gallery, NYC
The Universe Has Us In It’s Sights, ABC No Rio, NYC
God Doesn’t Like Ugly, The Church of St. Paul The Apostle, NYC
The Bushwick Biennial, Nurture Art, Brooklyn, NY
A Conflicted State. ISE Foundation, NYC, NY
Artists In Exile, Arario Gallery, NYC, NY
Labyrinth Wall, From Mythology to Reality, Exit Art, NYC, NY
2008 History Keeps Me Awake at Night: A Genealogy of Wojnarowicz, PPOW, NYC
What's So Funny About Peace, Love, and Understanding, Esso Gallery, NYC
The Map Show, Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY
Unsure Gents, Flood Gallery, Asheville, NC
Art Dissident 55 Rue Notre-Dame. Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Emergence, Governor’s island, NYC
IDG 4, ArtBreak Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
The Ides of March, ABC No Rio, NYC
2007 Quote, Unquote, Nuture Art, Brooklyn, NY
Emergency Room, PS1/MOMA, Long Island City, NY
Mash Up, Tastes Like Chicken, Brooklyn, NY
2006 AIM 26: Artists in The Market Place exhibition, The Bronx Museum, NY
The War Show: Invasion, Art of This, Minneapolis, MN
Seen Through Glass. Conflux '06. Glowlab. Brooklyn, NY
The War Show: Tactics, Future Prospects Gallery, Manila, The Philippines
Four Freedoms, Martin Art Gallery, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA
Headlines, Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ
2005 IAM5, Parker’s Box, Brooklyn, NY
Three Cities Against the Wall, Beit Ha’omanim, Tel Aviv, Israel; ABC No Rio, NYC; Al-Hallaj, Ramallah, Palestine
Island Art Film and Video Festival, Prenelle Gallery, London U.K.
2004 Democracy Was Fun, White Box, NYC
Queens International, The Queens Museum, Queens, NY
Mayday Text/Noise, Asterisk Art, Brooklyn, NY
Founding Fathers, ABC No Rio, NYC
Cops, ABC No Rio, NYC
2003 Art of Resistance, Peace Williamsburg, Office Ops, Brooklyn, NY
Disaster, ABC No Rio, NYC
2002 Fear, Paranoia, and Malevolence, ABC No Rio, NYC

Special Projects:
2011 Market (representing ABC No Rio), Living As Form, Essex Market, NYC
In Peace and War, 3 Teens Kill 4, Theatre 80 St. Marks, NYC
2010 The Teddy Bear Market Uprising: A Revolution Squared Art In Odd Places. NYC
2009 "Google: God" Special print edition, 20 X 200, Jen Bekman Gallery
Welcome to NYC, Boomtown, 2006, Dumbo Art Under The Bridge Festival, NYC
2008 Kangarok IV, Pulse Miami, Miami, FL
Corona Plaza, The Center of Everywhere, Public Art Program.
Queens Museum of Art, Corona, NY
2007 Performa TV, Performa 07, NYC, NY

Selected Publications:
2011 "Extinction and Invasion" Flat Screen TV
"Queens Museum of Art: Corona Plaza, Center of Everywhere" The Institute of Museum and Library Services Weblog
Ward, John. "Perfumed Handkerchiefs, Makeup, and Grotesque Monsters" Catalogue, Perfumed Handkerchief.
2010 "Great Art and Kindred Sprits" G train salon. June 18th.
Genocchio, Benjamin. "An Arts Crawl, All in a Browser", New York Times, 3/14
2009 Catalogue, "Bushwick Biennial"
"God Doesn't Like Ugly". PopTalk. 10/1.
"Visionary Drawing Building Book", February
"Pack Observing Art Basel" Reconstruction Vol. 9 No. 2.
Fallon, Roberta. "Weather Reports" Philadelphia Weekly, 8/8.
2008 Cotter, Holland. "Art In Review" New York Times, July 25.
Greenfield, Beth. "Body of Influence" Time Out New York, July 10-16.
Genocchio, Benjamin. "Maps of all sorts, Charting Mind and Space” New York Times, 3/16.
2006 Genocchio, Benjamin. "The Medium Is The Message (And Vice Versa)", New York Times, 5/28.
2005 Catalogue, "AIM 26"
Chan, Tim. “Using Gallery Walls to Tear One Down in the Middle East”, The Villager, Vol. 75, # 25, Nov. 9-15.
Catalogue, "Three Cities Against The Wall"
Amaral, Dinika. "ABC No Rio", Trigger Magazine, 10/19.
2004 Catalogue, Queens International, 2004.
2002 Cotter Holland, "Where Witty Meets Gritty", New York Times, November 15.

Lectures and Presentations:
Visiting Artist lecture, SUNY Purchase, November 8, 2011
Artist Talk, Kangarok 2020, Krannert Museum of Art, January 29, 2011
Artist Panel, Malleable Memory, Aicon Gallery, Sept. 10, 2010
Art Stumble Walking Tour, Cuchifritos Gallery, October 3, 2009
Artists Talk, Queens Museum, Corona Plaza Center of Everywhere Exhibit, August 23. 2008
Guest Lecturer, "Harford College" Harford MD. April 17, 2008

2005 MFA Queens College, CUNY, Queens, NY
1993 BFA University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, Il

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