Continual DNA work by Michael Alan
Yes Gallery is proud to present over 40 works, a time-capsule exhibition by Michael Alen curated
by Lesley Doukhowetzky. e work in Continual DNA streams form 2003-2011.
ere is a line that begins in Alan’s work that flows from piece to piece and jumps, leaps and
changes depending on the surface and combination he strikes with the material. e continuous
line and flow morphs, grows and builds elaborate worlds from anatomy to movement. e root of
anatomy (the figure) is DNA, the double helix, and the interpolation of DNA in Alan’s worlds
reforms and recreates itself. e variety of forms are limitless from combinations of flesh, skeleton,
movement and print, collage and paint.
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 the relationship of
destruction and creation.
Alan was born in the summer of 1977, in New York City during the blackout. He currently works
and resides in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been featured in 6 New York solo shows and over 200
group shows. 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’s “Best in Show”,Time Out New York, and the New York Press. In addition to his
work as a solo artist, Michael is the founder and director of the Living Installation, where he
transforms human beings into unique, living art objects that perform beautiful and treacherous
acts for an audience of artists and viewers. He is also the founder and director of Drawathon