Contemporaneous Extension


“We Are All Living Installations”

It isn’t even May and Brooklyn has transcended the 80 degree mark on the Fahrenheit scale. In feeling so jovial, I wanted to return to my homebase and share the excitement! The evacuation of the art community upon first mention of humidity allows for investigations of artist’s studios and a tizzy of group shows. Emergent artists and artists visiting from abroad blossom in the summertime, and the energy is unfathomable. The first stroke of genius of the season can be found at Michael Alan‘s installation occurring this weekend at Dumbo Arts Center. Alan was recently granted an award from the Brooklyn Arts Council that allowed for the rebirth of his Living Installations: an experiment in performance, artistic production, and the union of audio and visual. The production on April 21st is called We Are All Living Installations and will be curated by the ever-clever Emily Colucci, who has followed Alan’s performances closely for several years. This work will integrate a soundtrack, part of Alan’s Sound Drawing project, made over the course of the last several months featuring artists such as Japanther, Geneva Jacuzzi, Noah Becker, Kenny Scharf, and many others. The installations are loosely guided by Alan’s paintings, which are at once intense, lyrical, delicate, and incredibly aggressive. The show is like resetting and engaging your retina like you’ve never done, tasting an image in a spaghetti bowl of narrative obscurity. Tickets for the show can be purchased online through Alan’s website here.

Installation shot from 'Dinner Party for Two,' featuring David Modello and Kim De'ville, 2012. Photo by Joseph Meloy Meloy, courtesy of Michael Alan

Installation shot from 'Dinner Party for Two,' featuring David Modello and Kim De'ville, 2012. Photo by Joseph Meloy Meloy, courtesy of Michael Alan

I recently had a conversation with Michael and have posted the interview on .CRUDO, a bilingual (Spanish/English) platform for commentary on music, art, film, and video. The interview can be found here for your pleasure! Here’s a short snippet:

“LM: You started with the Draw-a-thon and moved into Living Installations, both of which engage the community while developing your own process and stressing your practice to mutate it. What might be your next move in the live sphere?

MA: The Living President Project where I dress up like the president and do dance moves on TV, pointing at weather patterns and what to buy next with girls in bikinis in the back dancing, drinking Lamborghinis. Sign up now and you can get a free scarf! Don’t you just love global warming?

LM: I read a bit about your early performances, which discuss you performing in a Freddy Kruger outfit and doing remixes to “Ice Ice Baby”. What direction is your current music going in, considering the slew of new collaborations?

MA: Well, luckily, I’m not dressed up like Freddy Kruger anymore. I definitely exert myself and push and turn myself inside out during the show with different material. I can joke and act out the music and scenes with the talented models (those freaks love it).”

Michael Alan, Pardon Thee Intrusion, mixed media on paper, 2012.

Michael Alan, Pardon Thee Intrusion, mixed media on paper, 2012. Image courtesy of artist.

Michael Alan, She is My God, 2012, everything on paper, 9" x 11". Image courtesy of the artist.

Michael Alan, She is My God, 2012, everything on paper, 9" x 11". Image courtesy of the artist.

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