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Michael Alan
Brooklyn, NY

ARTIST STATEMENT: Everything is happening at the same time. I ride that current, the tornado, the space in between, grabbing everything and rearranging it. Dissecting, amplifying, sampling, exploding, fading, layering and subtracting. My drawings on top of my drawings inside my paintings, chopped into pieces, living collapsing time. I explore spaces that walk along the edge of the figure, the abstract and the next moment. I use the surfaces as an emotional reader to document these intangible realities in a constant changing image. Some of the spaces are completely pushed to the extreme, and some parts loop, so you can reconstruct it’s creation in your mind. I work in 5 levels like a gray scale or the variations of tempos on a music album. From a line drawing to a slightly muted drawing to a more colorful denser work, to a collaged, multi-media layered painting, I then bring the work to the public, construct it live on my friends, and finally, take this Living Installation, de-install it and drag it back to my studio and rework the scraps, the photos, the energy of it into the next piece. This is my full circle, there is no order to the circle, which leaves me constantly open. The work is about energy, and drawing from the world, on the world, on people, and then taking parts that had humans activating the work, and reworking them into a new piece. The work in one sense is continuous. A show goes up, comes down, a circle goes round and round.

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2013 Raindrop, Private Event, New York, NY

2012 Working With Injury; Gasser Grunert, New York, NY

2012 Private Viewing & VIP Art Fair, Gasser Grunert, New York, NY

2011 Collapsible Anatomy; Gasser Grunert, New York, NY

2011 Continual DNA; Yes Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2010 Blurred/Reformed/Dissected; Eastern District, Brooklyn, NY

2010 Harmonious Opposites; Gasser Grunert, New York, NY

2009 Artist Factory; The Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY

2008 Tea Party; Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, NY

2008 A Thing; McCaig & Welles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2006 Chronic Time Exaggerator; Greene Street Gallery, New York, NY

2004 Visual Discoveries; KMG Gallery, New York, NY


2013 “Love is the Only.”, Artists for Equality, Art for Progress

2013 Kenny Scharf’s Cosmic Cavern- Back room projection and drawing

2013 From the Streets Up- Group Sculpture Show, Woodward Gallery, NY

2013 Trans Luxe: Lighting Art

2013 Ideas City Festival: StreetFest and Projects, The New Museum

2013 “The Adoration of Women”, Living Installation, ABC NoRio, NY

2013 Details, Woodward Gallery, New York, NY

2012 The Drawing Center, NYC NY

2012 ArtWalk NY 18, Benefitting the Coalition for the Homeless, New York, NY

2012 The Bunker; Miami Art Fair, Miami FL

2011 Dead in August; Pentagon, Brooklyn, NY

2011 Make Skateboards, i20 Gallery, New York, NY

2011 Wellington Court Project, presented by Ad Hoc Gallery, Queens, NY

2011 Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA

2011 Warhol Factory Legacy, featured video art, New York, NY

2011 Michael Alan at Paul Klebnikov; fundraiser with Paul Kasmin Gallery, NYC, NY

2011 Flash: Light NYC; New Museum, New York, NY

2011ArtWalk NY 17 Benefitting the Coalition for the Homeless, New York, NY

2011 Mantamed Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2011 Strong Line; Prince Gallery, New York, NY

2011 CSDC Brooklyn Art Project, Brooklyn NY

2011 The Young Artists Program; Marlborough Gallery, New York, NY

2010 ArtWalk NY 16 Benefitting the Coalition for the Homeless, New York, NY

2010 Exquisite Corpse; Gasser Grunert, New York, NY

2009 ArtWalk NY 15 Benefitting the Coalition for the Homeless, New York, NY

2009 Pool Art Fair; New York, NY

2009 Art Basel Miami; Ad Hoc Gallery, Miami, FL

2009 10 x 10 Decade-End; Whitebox Art Gallery, New York, NY

2009 Object Affection, BOFFO Arts, Brooklyn, NY

2009 Kenny Scharf & !Muffinhead Present: SuperWow!; Brooklyn, NY

2009 The Body Politic; Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn, NY

2008 Fresh Produce; Gallery Anno Domino, San Jose, CA

2008 Art With An Edge; London, England

2008 Emergence Installation; Governors Island, NY

2008 Black Rocks Art Foundation; Emergence Project, New York, NY

2007 Exhibitionists Both; Jonathon Shorr Gallery, New York, NY

2007 Bridge Art Fair; McCaig & Welles Gallery, Miami, FL

2006 Give Me Head; Ad Hoc Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


2013 Ideas City StreetFest, The New Museum, New York, NY

2013 The Adoration of Women, ABC NO RIO, New York, NY

2012 Thanks-Living; New York, NY

2012 We Are All Living Installations; DUMBO Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

2012 NY Healing, Abc NO Rio, NY NY

2012 Dinner Party for Two; Franklin Street Studio, NYC, NY

2012 Live Performance with Japanther; Shea Stadium, Queens NY

2011 Where the Wild Things Are; Kenny Scharf’s Cosmic Cavern, Brooklyn, NY

2011 Make-a-Davey; Kenny Scharf’s Cosmic Cavern, Brooklyn, NY

2011 Body Issues; Bushwick Project for the Arts, Brooklyn, NY

2010 Cleaning the Clouds; Gasser Grunert, New York, NY

2010 Bodies, Paint & Creation; w. Kenny Scharf, the Cosmic Cavern, Brooklyn, NY

2010 Hansel & Gretel; the Gershwin Hotel, New York, NY

2010 Tent City; ABC No Rio, New York, NY

2010 Human Fish Tank w. Kenny Scharf; the Cosmic Cavern, Brooklyn, NY

2009 Artist Factory (performance); The Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY

2009 Bunny in Barcelona, w. NonGrata; Barcelona, Spain

2008 Drawathon Theater Protests; Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum, New York, NY

2008 Artist-in-Residence, Teatro IATI, New York, NY


2013 I’d Rather Poop, collaborative with The Residents

2013 Mickey Mouse is Killing Himself, collaborative with The Residents

2013 Turn Me Into A Pony, collaborative with Tommy Ramone of The Ramones

2012 Painting Life the album, ft Ariel Pink, R. Stevie Moore, Japanther and more

2012 Healing video with music, by Tim, Love , Lee and Michael Alan

2012 Michael Alan Alien

2012 Turning A Negative Into A Positive, w/ Odd Nosdam; video

2012 What Would Jello Do? w/ Jello Biafra; video

2012 Vogue, collaborative project featuring Japanther & Raymond Pettibon

2012 Flavorpill, mp3 premier


2013 This Weekend’s Best Art Events in NYC: March 28th – March 30th, 2013- Oh Hey Bunny, NYC’s Best Weekend Art Events, Art Parasites

2013 Featured Artist, Red Door Magazine

2013 Talking Art with Michael Alan, THS Art

2013 Michael Alan: The Artist Collaborates with the Residents, Frame

2013 All Possibilities: Michael Alan Interview, Frank151

2013 Event Pics: Michael Alan’s “Home/Art Show”, Onefive4gallery

2013 10-Point Artist Profile, Onefive4gallery

2013 Get Cozy With Michael Alan, NYC Art Parasites

2012 Creative Spaces: Michael Alan

2012 Art Forum

2012 New York City Non-Profit to host Michael Alan’s ‘Living Installation’ Friday,

November 9 at ABC NORIO, Send2Press Newswire

2012 Look: Michael Alan Drawings, Beautiful Savage

2012 East Village Radio: Interview 9.25.2012

2012 Living Installation, Healing show, Critics pick, Time out NY, 2012

2012 Making Art, The NY Optimist

2012 Healing, Vice

2012 Post-disaster-Improvisations-Artist-in-Residence-Michael-Alan-Alien/

2012 Art sucks magazine, ft story

2012 Artists on Art, 4 page spread

2012 Masquerades and Covered in Paint, Art Parasites

2012 When Art Comes Alive, NYC Art Parasites

2012 TinyMixTapes Ariel-pink-michael-alan-alien-the-opera

2012 New York Is Now; feature documentary, Noah Becker, director

2012 Performing Life, Living Art; Huffington Post, 7.13.12

2012 Here’s Why Ariel Pink, Odd Nosdam, Jello Biafra, And Japanther All Make

Music With Michael Alan,The Creator’s Project (blog)

2012 The Living Art and Sounds of Michael Alan; CRUDO (blog)

2012 Michael Alan’s New Musical Posse; Animal (blog)

2012 Interview with Michael Alan, The Ny Optimist

2012 La performance di Michael Alan nel Lower East Side; Marie Clare Italia

2012 Creating a Visual Language: The Art of Michael Alan; Art 21 (blog), included in top 10 list most viewed posts of 2012

2012 The Necessity of Creation; Cacao Magazine

2012 Ariel Pink Unearths Old Works and Collaborates With Michael Alan; Ad Hoc (blog)

2012 Beyond Tradition; American Artist Magazine

2012 Giving Thanks with Michael Alan; Bushwick Daily

2012 Studio Session; Milk Magazine

2012 Songs-for-your-awesome-halloween-house-party

2012 Michael Alan & Ariel Pink Exclusive; Mutant Sounds

2011 The Art of Michael Alan; Gothamist

2011 Featured Artist; Soho News Journal

2011 Continual DNA at Yes Gallery; Artinfo

2011 Finding Where the Wild Things Are in a Brooklyn Basement, Hyperallergic (blog)

2011 The Introduction of Michael Alan; PMc (blog)

2011 Art, Art, Art, Fuck the Devil…’ Q & A with NY Artonaut Michael Alan; Muffinhead (blog)

2011 Michael Alan x Gasser/Grunert; Curbs and Stoops

2011 We Are Many Things; Cacao Magazine

2011 Michael Alan; Times Square, Yes! Gallery, New York, NY

2010 Arts in Bushwick; The Economist, More Intelligent Life

2010 Alec Baldwin and Richard Gere at ArtWalk 16; Art Info

2010 Best in Show;The Village Voice, featured artist/exhibition

2010 Cloudy with a Chance of Art; Art + Auction/In the Air

2010 Exhibition by Michael Alan; Patrick McMullan, PMc (blog)

2010 Happy Happening; Marie Claire Italia

2010 Michael Alan’s Living Installation at the Cosmic Cavern; The Village Voice

2009 Portrait of an Artist; NBC New York Non-Stop

2009 Michael Alan’s New York; Time Out New York

2009 Life As A Runway Draw-A-Thon Theatre; The New York Times

2009 Artists Poised to Take Over Gershwin Hotel; Animal NY

2008 Interview; Daily Du Jour Art & Culture Exchange

2008 Governors Island Art Show; ABC NEWS

2008 Art on Governors Island: Michael Alan; Gothamist

2008 Osculating Inspirations; Pendulum

2008 Draw A Thing at McCaig & Welles; Time Out New York

2008 Lewd Descending a Staircase; New York Observer


2009 Instructor, International Summer Program, S.V.A, New York, NY

2008 Brooklyn Arts Council Regrant: The Life & Death of Draw-a-thon, Pochron Studios, Brooklyn, NY

2005 Designer of the Month,

2003 Pratt Juried MFA Exhibition, First Prize, sponsored by Golden Artist Colors

2000 New York Academy of Art Scholarship

1998 “Golden Lollipop” for most original student, S.V.A., New York, NY


Pratt Institute Masters Program, Brooklyn, NY 2002-2004

School of Visual Arts, B.F.A., New York, NY 1996-2000

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