In 2011, Michan successfully completed his training at the Media College in Amsterdam and has now started studying at the renowned Gerrit Rietveld Academy in the same city.
His works on paper and canvas are confronting. Screaming military officers, alien astronauts and animal people as paintings and sketches. Black lines and dark blots contrast sharply with the light background. The sober use of colors is mainly to fill in rose-red lips of the figures in his art works or as a backdrop. Figures decorated with medals, oversized headgear and vacant eyes, stare at the public aggressively, compelling them to look. Hence the artworks appear to have a threatening blackness in an almost carnavalesque way.
Behind the Scenes
For Michan sketching is a quest to finding his personal reality that remains concealed behind the mundane daily routine. The negative, often demonic forces are then magnified, because they are so much more real for the artist. The works come to life from a trance. The phase whereby drawing one “useless” line after, a detailed artwork emerges and comes to life on raw paper or cultured canvasses.
Especially fascinating is the series with the seven hearts.
This raw, sinewy mass of muscle could have originated from an anatomic study.
The heart symbolizes the heart of his beloved. He says: “Its imperfect and that scares me!” By drawing and sketching the heart, he is able to overcome his fear of losing it. Through portraying his imperfections with a series of crosses and such, he is able to deal with the fear and become stronger even.
So, Eat your heart out!
Opening: Saturday the 10th March 2012, 5.00-8.00 pm.
The exhibit will be display until the Sunday, 29th of March.