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.