Episode 187: Michael Anderson

March 29, 2009 · Print This Article

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Holla! NYC correspondents Amanda Browder and Tom Sanford hang out with artist Michael Anderson in his Harlem studio. Born in the Bronx in 1968, Mr. Anderson began his artistic career fusing painting and collage but has concentrated on collage since the early 1990s.

Since that time his materials have consisted solely of posters and billboards found on the streets of international cities and physically torn down by the artist. (text from Michael’s Blog).

To prep you when you go see Michael’s show at Marlborough Gallery in Chelsea which opened on March 26th, 2009, Tom and Amanda talk to Michael about his work and end the conversation with a boxing match, as a way to get out their inner feelings. Michael watches in fear….or is it hilarity!
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Collage Geomancy
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Media Violence
Jack Da Vinci Johnson
Miami Ink
Leatherman
Bloomberg
Paul Rodgers Gallery
Mad Collectors
Richard Prince
Interview magazine
Lucien Freud
Jackson Pollock
digital TV
Size Matters
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Michelle Stern
Tom Fruin
Jeff Sugg
Harlem
King Abraham
The Dark Knight
Philip Seymour Hoffman
In Cold Blood
VW Bug
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Shepard Fairey
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12 Responses to “Episode 187: Michael Anderson”

  1. Isn’t the heart of criticisms against collage that collage artists use images of snoop dogg because “snoop dogg is cool?” Is the mindless application of images interesting because “size matters”? Isn’t it in poor taste to make jokes about people dying in front of your studio? Am I just being uptight?

  2. Amanda B-Rowder Says:

    yeah.a bit uptight…..

    1.Yeah, i think that using Snoop as a cool icon can be similar to how people use Hitler as a evil. These are symbols.

    plus who said cool in art, was uncool? for-shizzle…

    2. mindless application….really? if you look at his work they are not mindlessly organized. don’t forget the location of the posters, where they were found and how it effects the image. Nyc vs. rome…very different.

    3. Danger is involved in this work. Stealing posters and ripping off imagery. this is not collage that is made from purchasing a newspaper and cutting and pasting. The process is just as important as the final piece.

    i think that the joke also works well with the irony that a lot of artists have studios in not-so-safe areas as a way to afford the space, where as their work is presented in many locations where the affluent and rich can purchase them. ultimate low to high.

    cheers….a

  3. you are being to uptight, uptight dan. no one died in front of michael’s studio and this work is self reflexive, right?

  4. uptight dan Says:

    I haven’t seen the work in person, so I can only speak about what I heard in the interview. But I think snoop dogg equals cool or hitler equals evil aren’t very considered use of symbols. Without any sort of spin or subversion the use of those images to provoke certain canned responses in the viewer is played out.

    I’m not criticizing the organization, I’m criticizing the application. The rome vs. nyc comment is not worth arguing. We all know those two cities are different.

    All jokes are based on hyperbole, so one can also make this joke: So a white artist goes into a largely black/latino neighborhood and sets up his studio. He’s not a part of the community. He’s the first wave of gentrification, so of course someone getting shot in front of his studio seems funny when he goes back for an interview with his other artist friends who also move into the neighborhood and raise rents so the family of the person who was shot can no longer afford to live there.

    And if the work is self-reflexive, and therefore not open to criticism, doesn’t that make for a boring podcast? Is that the point of bad at sports? Then why don’t you disable comments?

  5. I haven’t listened to the podcast (I won’t be able to till Friday), so my comment here does not pertain to Michael Anderson or collage (I googled him and liked a few things very much), but I want to point out that purely logically speaking, “Uptight Dan” is right. The unconsidered, standardized use of “symbols” is generally called using claptraps. And a patchwork of claptraps, particularly when using sentimental ones, is the definition of kitsch.

    I hope you talked about Mimmo Rotella too. Who is definitely underrated, the Italian Pop artist who started the shredded billboard guerilla stuff.
    http://www.rogallery.com/rotella_mimmo/rotella-biography.htm

  6. Amanda B. Says:

    what has collage done to you?

  7. huh? If you mean me, Amanda — my comment had nothing to do with collage — that is the actual broadly accepted definition of kitsch, in whatever medium.

  8. Amanda B-Rowder Says:

    oh no…the other dude…

  9. hey i hate that the only thing that you heard was me trying to answer something that has no answer,,,it’s tough to be on the spot, but you really should look at the work before you start just typing away..thanks for the defense amanda and tom stickin up 4 your boy like that…
    rome and nyc are different but when you combine them thats when the magic happens.
    have fun

  10. yo i dropped joe diebes name too…that’s one you missed
    http://www.joediebes.com

  11. Hey, great interview. Michael does a good job of explaining what is unique about his very painterly approach, which at the same time is penultimately collage — I love the serial stealing approach! I get the impression his objects are really mobjects — something like leathery sheets of pasted together poster and billboard elements. Sounds exciting.

  12. hi mark
    they actually come out like flexible cardboard sheets…i’ve made pieces as large as 7.5′ x 14′ in one piece, but i now stay to 8′x8′ as an individual piece…the piece black music vs helvetica, although it’s 10′ x 12′ i made using a new technique (to me) of panneling…4 pannels fit together 5′ x6′ each to form the piece…easier to control and no loss of image or composition
    michael
    http://www.marlboroughgallery.com

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