Native NYC 1977 INFINITY NON STOP painting, drawing, sculpture, prints, pranks, music. Old NYC underground culture.
Michael Alan’s work occupies a living, color coordinated, extra dimensional, linear stage, where everything is happening at the same time. He creates multiple overlaying and underlying techniques to create a beautiful, yet raw and fragile visual language. Various figures and abstract elements pulsate and unfold at the same time in Michael Alan’s work. Figurative abstraction.
Michael’s work ranges from light works to dark works, and mixed in between colorful overlapping continuous detailed line work. From beautiful figures to raw New York commentary. Michael Alan is a proud native New York City artist. There are paintings inside paintings inside paintings inside paintings. you can look and see a homeless man fighting a knight on a horse from the Renaissance, or just see what you want to see. Michael’s main goals as an artist are to represent New York City, to never give up, never stop, and create work every day and every night.
Every use of material from oil to ink to pastel to spray, even cut ups of the artists own drawings are combined into epic visions of emotional forms inhabiting inviting puzzles, or serene complex linear structures connected by looping bolts of pure pigment. They are alive. You are alive.
Alan is extremely prolific, laboring away for 12 hours each day, working anywhere in NYC from home, on the bus, his studio, his performances, friend’s hangouts, even doctor’s visits. He has produced over 2,500 completed artworks in spite of enduring massive trauma to his physical body.
From the Village Voice “Best in Show” 2010
“Alan’s thread-like lines are manically impulsive; they barely go an inch without detouring. Short, jagged strokes, tiny loops, and quick arcs make jittery, skeletal outlines of distorted human forms. Hasty daubs of blues and pinks wrap the frames with translucent skin while also conveying the blur of movement. Alan loves motion; in Move in Distance, a dancer’s five legs, kicking up in successive positions, pay homage to those futurist studies in dynamism. Even the reclining male figure of Prostitution looks restless—the angular, attenuated limbs and their busy surfaces bring to mind one of Egon Schiele’s more anxious self-portraits.” – Robert Shuster, The Village Voice, Best In Show
From Marie Claire Italia
“Art has to come to life… [Michael Alan is] an art prodigy…his flamboyant creativity mixes action, music, bodies, and on from there. His drawings and sculptures live.”
– Ilka Scobie, Marie Claire Italia, March 2010
From the New York Times
“[His art is] To recapture what has been lost and update it with a big splash of paint.”
– Ruth La Ferla, The New York Times, April 30, 2009
”I admire the heart and passion of this artist. I appreciate the fact that he wants art living and breathing from his subject matter to his audience.”
– Jo Ann L.B. Duggins, Anti-Mag, August 2009
From ART nERD
“Michael Alan is the kind of buoyant, visionary artist that comes around once in a generation. His constant innovation and creative interdisciplinary genius inspires all who meet him.” ARt Nerd NY.
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“I am Michael Alien, an alien who wants good and to exist with a twist of chaos and a big splash of toxic paint!”— Art Info
For Michael Alan, art is a combination of harmonious opposites, close observation, catharsis, a means of communication and a radical juxtaposition of dimensional elements. He challenges everything: concepts of figure, composition, media and movement, including the language of drawing. Exploring the ambiguity of time and history, Alan’s work focuses on translating energy into images.
Alan was born in the summer of 1977, in Bushwick during the New York City blackout. His work has been featured in 9 New York solo shows, over 200 group shows, and over 200 Living Installations. His work has been discussed in over 200 publications, books and media sources, including the New York Times, The Huffington Post, Bomb Magazine, Art 21, NBC’s Today Show, Marie Claire Italia, Frank 151, Art+Auction, the New York Post, Fox Channel 5, the Village Voice’s “Best in Show”, The Creator’s Project, Art Forum, the Gothamist, Time Out New York, Vice, Frame, American Artist, Animal, Hyperallergic, Curbs and Stoops, Cacao and many more.
In addition to his work as a multi-media artist, Michael is the founder and director of the Living Installation, where human beings are transformed into unique, living art objects. These happenings are set to Alan’s original music, which is recorded featuring artists such as The Residents, Tommy Ramone, Ariel Pink, and Meredith Monk.