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Discharger, everything I could find on canvas, 4ft x 4ft, 2010
Michael Alan
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, choped 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 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 piece it into next painting. 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.
Tunnel white ink on paper, 18 x 24, 2011
“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 his own. Exploring the ambiguity of
time and history, Alan’s work focuses on crossbreeding and the relationship of destruction and
creation.

Alan was born in the summer of 1977, during the New York City blackout. His work has been featured
in 7 New York solo shows and over 200 group shows. His work has been discussed in over 200
publications, books and media sources, including the New York Times video and print, NBC’s Today
Show, Marie Claire Italia, Art+Auction, the New York Post, The Economist, Fox Channel 5, the Village
Voice’s “Best in Show”, Time Out New York, Hyperallergic, Curbs and Stoops, and Cacao Magazine.

In addition to his work as a solo artist, Michael is the Creator of the Living Installation.

From a line drawing to a slightly muted work to a more colorful work to a collaged, layered piece, then
bring the work to the public, construct it live on my friends, take the Living Installation, de-install it and
drag it back to my studio and rework it into next painting.
A still from The Wedding, Everything x Everything on Raquel Mavecq, Emil BN, Miss Suzie Q, photo by Worm Carnevale