Michael Alan “The Rise of Artistic Tradition”

Tanja Grunert Gallery

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Tanja Grunert Gallery presents the opening of Michael Alan’s new solo exhibition, The Rise of Artistic Tradition.

The drawings that will be exhibited represent Alan’s view of his works as a “continent of language”, through which he communicates the traditions and labor of the past with the lines and loops of his unique contemporary style. Using this language, Alan creates a continuous dialogue through his works, which conclude only when his hand leaves the pen so his head can rest on his pillow. Then waking with a stern belief in the human touch in art making, Alan pushes energy forward in hopes to give birth to a continues wide language in Art.

To promote his view of living art, Michael Alan began Drawathon/Living Art 13 years ago, providing artists, thinkers, and creators a platform to gather, discuss, and build an environment in which shared inspiration and experience gives birth to a constant flow of raw creativity. A workshop of this project will be offered to the public during the last weekend of the exhibition on Saturday August 8, 2015. You can purchase tickets for The Living Installation here. This will be a 7 hour, live happening, paint, bodies, guts, and pens!

Michael Alan was born in 1977, in Bushwick, New York. His work has been the subject of 9 solo exhibitions in New York, and has been included in over 200 group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. 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. The main goal of the project is reinforcing that humans are living installations by creating a space for people to open up, come together and are all equal through the process of creating art.



from July 22, 2015 to August 12, 2015
Summer Hours: Monday - Friday, 11am to 6pm.

Opening Reception on 2015-07-22 from 18:00 to 20:00


Michael Alan

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