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Andrew Mister
updated: 08/23/2012
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Alice
London
Untitled (POW)
Black Flag
Heads #1
Heads #2
Tate
Revolution Blues (Catherine Gilles)
GG Allin
The End
1-800-DIVORCE
Union Carbide
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, social criticism, text, autobiographical, historical, political
 
 
Alice by Andrew Mister
Alice
Graphite on Paper
2011
88" x  135" 
London by Andrew Mister
London
Graphite on Paper
2011
94" x  150" 
Untitled (POW) by Andrew Mister
Untitled (POW)
graphite on paper
2011
51 " x  44 " 
Black Flag by Andrew Mister
Black Flag
graphite on paper
2008
26" x  40" 
Heads #1 by Andrew Mister
Heads #1
graphite on paper
2008
34" x  26" 
Heads #2 by Andrew Mister
Heads #2
graphite on paper
2008
34" x  26" 
Tate by Andrew Mister
Tate
graphite on paper
2008
40" x  50" 
Revolution Blues (Catherine Gilles) by Andrew Mister
Revolution Blues (Catherine Gilles)
graphite on paper
2008
22" x  30" 
GG Allin by Andrew Mister
GG Allin
graphite on paper
2008
36" x  42" 
The End by Andrew Mister
The End
graphite on paper
2008
29" x  38" 
1-800-DIVORCE by Andrew Mister
1-800-DIVORCE
graphite on paper
2008
40" x  26" 
Union Carbide by Andrew Mister
Union Carbide
graphite on paper
2008
26" x  40" 

Artist Statement

Using pencils and paper, I create large-scale, hyper-realistic drawings of found and appropriated images. Inspired by Dan Graham’s video “Rock My Religion,” in which Graham draws parallels between rock music and the American Shaker religious practice, I have been especially concerned with pictures of crowds and mobs. All social gatherings, whether spiritual or secular, are inherently political. The main question I am asking in my current series is: Can a mass-produced cultural experience adequately address that culture’s spiritual needs, and if so, how? The graphite and paper I use reflect and comment on the inherently superficial and ultimately futile gesture of, for instance, celebrity idolatry. On the other hand, the sheer size and detail of the work, combined with the intensity, discipline, and mechanical labor required to create it infuse the work with a feeling of the sublime missing from the events the images depict.

Artist Bio / CV
Andy Mister is a writer and visual artist. He writing has been published in Boston Review, The Canary, Colorado Review, Fence, and other journals. Recent group shows include "Flash Mob” at Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts and the Re Institue, “Graphomania” at Geoffrey Young Fine Art, and the 2012 Brucennial. Andy is currently an artist in residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Swing Space residency on Governor's Island. He lives and works in Brooklyn.