The magazine feels its own self-model in jeopardy.
They want to eat us with their eyes!
Tells itself: it is intact
New site launching autumn
That’s too late
So scanned the book
A mix of lively restless inventiveness
Provides the imagery
Reports of pop art and photo-realism repurposed, quoted and misquoted provide the formal reference points for the paintings of Alan Michael. Embedded inside and around are themes of exploitation, inaccessibility, cancellations of identity and the display of pointless labour: a hatred of work. Generating source material becomes a process to be represented in the works themselves, creating a fabric where the sub-conscious is irrelevant and metaphors don’t exist.
Alan Michael (b. Glasgow, 1967) often uses an approach to making artworks which aims for total opacity and, hopefully, only be detected by pre-tuned antennas able to instantly accept or reject nuances, wordlessly. You won’t know you’ve failed until it’s too late. The goal is a rumour.
Recent exhibitions include ‘Note to Self’ (with Lucy McKenzie) at Artists Institute, New York (2013), ‘The Manual xx’ at 0HI0, Glasgow (2013) and ‘Res Gestae’, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles (2011). Alan Michael lives and works in London.