THE FRIVOLOUS NOW | FEATURED ARTIST: Michael Andrew Page
The Frivolous Now exhibition launches 26th June 2015 taking place at the Alon Zakaim Fine Art Gallery, the exhibition is curated by artist Julio Felix, with the selected works bringing together important emerging artists who are united by their incisive and critical approach to mass media and consumer culture.
One of the featured artists to get excited about is Michael Andrew Page who we caught up with, about what his art is all about and what to expect at The Frivolous Now exhibition, check it out below…
TCF: How would you describe your art?
My practice is very much one of appropriation, on the surface it may appear heavily contextualised by art history, however I am driven more by the aspect of a psychological appropriation of Labour as context. Such motivations are centrally concerned with issues of self-projection, intertextuality and hyper-reality. My work masquerades as autobiographical, yet my auto-ethnography simply serves as a case study as opposed to direct authority.
TCF: Where do you draw inspiration?
Most of the time the formation of an idea begins with a specific relationship between myself and a central figure or object, often constructed out of fanatic mechanisms. They can be quite ridiculous at times, for example my postgraduate thesis aimed to locate and functionalise Drew Barrymore in my personal history. I love it when a metal head visits Le Louvre and starts referring to works according to which album covers they appear on.
TCF: If you could describe your work in 3 words what would it be?
Referential, Indexical, Laborious
TCF: What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
Coloured pencils, really boring but I draw everyday so leaving them somewhere that would ruin my routine. Perhaps my compressor?
TCF: What can we expect to see at the Frivolous Now exhibition?
The works included in the exhibition have all been made at various points across the last year since leaving college. There will be a drawing, sculpture, and two veneered works, a diptych and a larger work with a Perspex sculpture on the surface. The drawing comes from a series called “Reluctant Pairings” which act as an index of reluctant re-assignments of appropriated historical paintings; a Baldessari-esque this not that comment.
TCF: What would you like visitors to take-away from your artwork?
During my last solo show the gallery manager pointed to a Kawasaki Ninja Motorbike parked outside the space. We both laughed because a work included in the show used Ninja decals on the frame. She mentioned how after seeing my work she couldn’t re-assign the primary reference to the bike; it always remained within my practice, or at the very least acted as an extension to the show.
That mechanism (reluctance to reassign the primary reference) is the source of a lot of my observations, most notably perhaps within my works on paper. The idea that my work can become the cause as well as a study of this fanatic reaction excites me. I hope that visitors have similar experiences, or pertaining more towards the physical attributes of the work, begin to think about their own location in regards to a cultural activity.
TCF: What’s your favourite piece of work?
The scale of Mike Kelley’s Kandors is amazing.
TCF: What would be your one piece of advise to other up and coming artists?
A former professor of mine said, “If you aren’t slightly embarrassed, you not going far enough”. That was always worthwhile thinking about in the studio.
TCF: Your favourite quote?
“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible” – Frank Zappa.
TCF: How can people follow your work or find out more about you?
The Frivolous Now exhibition takes place at Alon Zakaim Fine Art, 5-7 Dover St. London W1S 4LD
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Exhibition dates: 26 June-24 July // Opening hours: 9am-6pm, Mon-Fri. Weekends by appointment only.