The cubist and surrealist poet Pierre Reverdy's idea of the image was that it is born from a juxtaposition of two realities that are more or less far apart. The more distant and distinct the relationship between the realities, the greater the image's emotional power and poetic reality. He felt an image is not powerful because it is brutal or fantastic but because the associations are distant and true; what is great is not the image but the emotion it provokes. My collages are made from pictures I've collected over the past 40 years. I started putting them together in the last decade and they are in some sense a personal history.
Artist Bio / CV
Born in Denver, Colorado in 1950, Michael Chandler graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he studied film with Stan Brakhage and as a student worked on Christo's Rifle Valley Curtain. He also attended Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics under Allen Ginsberg. In L.A. he was associated with the artist collective begun by Chris Burden out of the University of California at Irvine. During the 70's Chandler traveled and worked throughout North America living primarily in Philipsburg, Montana. In 1978 he came to New York City for a job on the production of Walter Hill's movie The Warriors. Following that he was employed at an animation studio and did installations at the Mudd Club and Club 57 with Mary-Ann Monforton. Chandler also worked as an assistant to Dan Flavin through the Dia Art Foundation. Chandler started showing his abstract paintings in 1985 at the Salvatore Ala Gallery in New York and Milan. Among others, he has exhibited with Gallerie Seomi in Seoul, Galeria Paal in Munich, at P.S. 1 and the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City, the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, the Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design, and was included in Achille Bonito Oliva's transavanguardia.