Michael Alan

The Energy Reader

Gasser Grunert Gallery


Opens Sunday January 12th 6pm-8pm

Runs from Jan 12th to Feb 15th


*New location*

33 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002


The paper, canvas, fabric– whatever media the artist chooses to focus on, becomes the energy reader. Knowing or unknowingly, the artist is capturing energy– let it be emotional, observational, global or by the forces that be, it is transferred into the piece contained and ready for reading. Just as Mechanical Mechanisms that exist within our society read the frequencies of our existence, the paper or canvas is the litmus paper.

People identify, don’t identify or want to identify with art. Consciously or subconsciously, they are reading energy. How much? What kind? The energy is in the work to be shared and expressed. Everything or nothing. The artist could talk about color or concept or feeling, but what people are truly engaging is the energy of the work. The strength behind work and its beginnings is energy.

Our time is moving fast, everything is changing at rapid speeds. The emotional read of the universe is off off the charts. Our culture is not defined, our leaders are lacking, our time is now.

bellow is a link to donate money for the continuation of drawathon/livinginstallation

Selected Recent Press

The Huffington Post

The Village Voice

Marie Claire Italia


The Huffington Post

Crudo Magazine

The New York Times

Youtube Video

Our Statement

The Living Installation is a Brooklyn-born, artist collective/performance/NYC art staple. Artist, Michael Alan, was born in Bushwick and was raised in Brooklyn and Staten Island primary goal to keep New York, New York,he  has even taught two summer courses on the project at the School of Visual Arts as an intensive.

The Living Installation is a public art happening where humans are turned into living sculpture for an audience of all. It is a free-spited project where artists, collectors, art enthusiasts, and children come and make art along side each other. The project has the diversity of being DIY, raw, and shocking and then stripping all the way down to having a show at the New Museum with children circling around the show. It could be so wild, captivating and raw and at the same time could be family-friendly and surrounded by strollers.

The focus of the Living Installation is to show that humans can do anything working together with positive energy and strength. People get together and through community creativity happens. The Living Installation is not a play, it is not an alternative drawing class, and it is not social event to get drunk at. It is a serious trip/adventure/experience that lasts from day into the night. It converges many forms of expression and topics such as dance, music, live painting, choreography, sculpture, culture, spoken word, politics, comedy, the times, and life. It is multi-faceted and emotion evoking.

Our most recent performance was at the New Museum in May and was featured in the New Museum’s current edition of The Paper. For the last ten years we have done shows at the Chelsea museum, Kenny Scharf’s Cosmic Cavern, The Whitney, The Gershwin Hotel, The Dumbo Arts Center, Baffo Art Center, Teatro IATI , Millenium/La Mama, The House of Collection, ABC No Rio, Gasser Grunert Gallery, McCaig-Welles gallery, Jack the Pelican gallery, Eastern District gallery in Bushwick, rooftops throughout NYC, and even at Michael Alan’s home.

The show is set to original music with collaborations with artists such as Kenny Scharf, Meredith Monk, members of Wu-Tang, Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedy’s, Ariel Pink, Japanther, Odd Nosdam, The Boredoms, and Tommy Ramone.

We have been fortunate to have our photos featured in Bomb, The NY Times movie, The Huffington Post, Artefuse, Art Forum, The Creators Project, Brooklyn Vegan, the Village Voice, and Marie Claire Italy, just to name a few publications.