Michael Alan Alien Invasion — State Of Grace: 13 Years of Happenings

Michael Alan Alien Invasion

State Of Grace:

13 Years of Happenings

(feat. Tim Love Lee & Brave Souls)

at the

Tanja Grunert Gallery

33A Orchard St, New York, New York 10002

on August 8th, 2015

6pm to 1AM EST


On Saturday, August 8th from 6pm to 1am (EST) Michael Alan Alien Invasion presents “State Of Grace: 13 Years of Happenings” — a celebration of thirteen years of “living, live, love, community, fun, positivity, oddness” with a huge line up of models, cast, and team with music and wild SAFE times at the Tanja Grunert Gallery, 33a Orchard Street, NY NY.

Photo Copyright © Ashly Garner

Photo Copyright © Ashly Garner

The Living Installation is a 13 year project, where the assembled cast act out and become living drawings. It’s an experience of all elements. From the streets of New York to the best museums, The Living Installation has been ongoing as a non-profit with support from the artists themselves and the great crowd of humans they gather.
Get lost in life, everything happens too fast. Come slow down and watch brave souls become moving 10 dimensional art, live sounds and be a part of this heart project… Come watch, draw, listen, zone out for a 7 hour live happening like no other. Enter into the rear window and watch as they act out the most surreal acts you have ever seen at this Ticket only event.

Photo Copyright © Michael Alan

Photo Copyright © Michael Alan

Mark McCawley: What would you say are the most important aspects and elements of The Living Installation over the prior 13 years?
Michael Alan: To keep doing it. Never stop. Learn and only get stronger. Focus on making it happen no matter how much money you got. Fuck a grant.
Mark McCawley: What is it about The Living Installation that keeps you returning to it year after successful year?
Michael Alan: I am alive. No matter what success. No matter what trouble. It’s one of my true passions to keep people motivated and into real living art. Fuck a free bottle of sparkles and no talk.
Mark McCawley: Why do you think NYC and its over-commodified art scene needs the annual fix of artistic anarchism which The Living Installation provides?
Michael Alan: Cause art schools became so big. Because not everyone can be a actor or model. But you can be an artist. It’s a good badge to be mental. Hate me. It’s true.
Michael Alan is a contemporary artistic iconoclast. Not since Andy Warhol’s Factory has one artist’s vision so jammed contemporary art culture than Michael Alan’s The Living Installation/Drawathon. In thirteen years it has created a long lasting artistic community where many individuals have formed lasting connections in an environment of communal creativity and shared inspiration and experience. The Living Installation encapsulates all elements of the artistic experience, causing them to “unfold in an extended moment, concentrating and expanding time.” It is a unique New York City event. Where else are you going to see “a space transformed into a drug free, merry, magical victory over the mundane, where all are welcome?”

Photo Copyright © Michael Alan

Photo Copyright © Michael Alan

In an over-commodified global art culture in which astronomical monetary values for contemporary art are equated with artistic quality and artistic worth, the giant culture machine has brought art’s worth down to its lowest common denominator — dollars. Art is about risk. Soul. Experimentation. Danger. Not solely what collectors will purchase. Such an art culture is the equivalent to selling wallpaper as art. Michael Alan’s The Living Installation possesses an essential anarchism it began with thirteen years ago, and an anarchism which will keeps it fresh and alive and relevant into the future.


 Copyright © 2015 Kristen Collins

Copyright © 2015 Kristen Collins

Michael Alan was born in 1977, in Bushwick, New York. His work has been the subject of 9 solo exhibitions in New York, and has been included in over 200 group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. In addition to his work as a multi-media artist, Michael is the founder and director of the Living Installation, where human beings are transformed into unique, living art objects. These happenings are set to Alan’s original music, which is recorded featuring artists such as The Residents, Tommy Ramone, Ariel Pink, and Meredith Monk. The main goal of the project is reinforcing that humans are living installations by creating a space for people to open up, come together and are all equal through the process of creating art.


 Copyright © 2014 Gustavo Ponce

Copyright © 2014 Gustavo Ponce

Tim “Love” Lee, the eccentric A&R maverick behind the Tummy Touch record label, started out his professional career in music playing Hammond organ for 80s pop stars, Katrina & The Waves but it was as a DJ on the early UK Acid House scene that Lee really developed his skills as a “selector” of fine and far out music.

Since releasing his first full length album in 1997 Tim has rocked crowds all around the world; from Helsinki to Sydney, San Francisco to Moscow, Hong Kong to Paris. From huge festivals (like Benicassim in Spain, Bestival & The Big Chill in the UK) to world famous discos (Ministry Of Sound and Fabric, London) to infamous dive bars and celeb hang outs (The Viper Rooms in Hollywood, NYC’s Rose Bar), Tim’s sets always produce a smile.

In the summer of 2005 Tim was invited to curate a show at the Xpo Gallery in Brooklyn. Every night Tim performed live electronic music with the likes of Tim Goldsworthy of DFA and Pere Ubu’s Tony Maimone.

In 2006 he was asked by MOMA to curate one of their legendary Warm Up summer parties at the PS1 museum in Queens, NYC.

Lee’s selecting skills have landed him radio shows with KISS FM, BBC 6 Music and NYC’s East Village Radio as well as official DJ Mix CD releases from Universal Records, Keep Diggin and Stereo Deluxe / Ministry Of Sound.

His work with East Village Radio has seen him interview the likes of DJ Shadow, The Cars, Metronomy, Orbital

Note: Models appearing in the above photos include: taylor, meloy, mike alan, kenny scharf, genieve and selina.

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