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It’ s Alive! Michael Alan’s Living Installation Strikes Again

Michael Alan is the kind of buoyant, visionary artist that comes around once in a generation.

His constant innovation and creative interdisciplinary genius inspires all who meet him. And for the past 13 years, his Living Installation has inspired artists and art fans alike as he creates a sensual scene over the course of several hours before the audience’s very eyes. This past Saturday, Alan’s latest iteration of the Living Installation at Gasser Grunert gallery didn’t disappoint.

Along with his evocative live painting, Alan shared his poetic approach toward his art, explaining..

“The first thing you have to understand, and the first thing we always forget is that we are ANIMALS. Animals with HUMAN minds….. Animals are smarter then humans. They exist to exist, their minds aren’t cluttered….being raised in low income parts of New York in the 80’s and 90’s meant that you were tossed to the wolves in order to survive. You could get shot and killed like my friend Raheam or thrown off the projects roof like my friend Ren and the ‘cops’ would be buuuuuussy looking for graffiti artists. I was an artist since I was a child. I wanted to see everything. I wanted to survive….Life is uncertain and that’s what makes the picture more clear. My vision ,my so called sight or skill comes from seeing everything, and dealing with it, taking action, feeling it, painting it, looking at it, and being honest. My art’s purpose is to serve my existence. When it’s done, I’m done.”

Poignant words if ever there were some.

The Living Installation, models posing

The Living Installation, models posing

Posing at the Living Installation

Posing at the Living Installation

The artist at work, Michael Alan

The artist at work, Michael Alan

 

The Living Installation, full view

The Living Installation, full view

Catch Alan’s Living Installations around New York City as they arise by following his website–these events truly are one of a kind and are worth seeing at least once in a lifetime!

 

All photos by Nick Martin, Joe Egan and Hbphoto.

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