Who Am I ?
An Introduction to MICHAEL ALAN
1: Who am I?
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
Drawings, paintings for various upcoming shows and sometimes installation’s on people.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
Born in Bushwick, lived in every part of the city and will be here till the end. The art is going worldwide, I might travel with it occasionally, but will always come back home.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
Sincere and honest workers. Those who want what they can’t have and achieve what they never could.
5: What book is your bible?
That changes weekly, just like everything over and over and over.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
Love: Honesty, true friends, love, ground breaking art, running very far, painting till the next day.
Hate: War, police, rules, ideals, superstitions, wasted talent, dead friends, bad art in good spots, negativity, quitters, flakes.
7: What is your raison d’être?
To create a body of work that makes a lasting impact now and in the future.
8: What is your favorite color?
All colors and sometimes no colors.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
Batman, if he teamed up with the Uncanny X-Men, and they co-signed the Green Hornet.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
My studio when it’s pumping.
11: What turns you on?
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
Show me your work, Mr. Alan.
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 5 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, NBC’s Today Show, Marie Claire Italia, The New York Post, Fox Channel 5, the Village Voice, Time Out New York, and Art and Auction.
In addition to his work as a solo artist, Michael is the founder and director of The Living Installation, where human beings are transformed into unique, living art objects.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Jillian Mercado
Photography by JJ Jimenez / Courtesy of Michael Alan
Design by Jillian Mercado
Michael Alan at his studio, 2011, Brooklyn, New York, Photography by JJ Jimenez