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Michael Kagan  Brooklyn, NY

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About Michael

As an artist, I have become fascinated with the connection between painting and space travel. Space images have opened up new outlets for me to expand size and painting technique, brush work, and abstraction in my most recent work. Through my work, I am constantly looking to create a tension and anxiety between abstraction and representational painting. The iconic images of astronauts and their hardware in space become the vehicle to express this tension. My paintings are not documentations of space flight, but of abstract interpretation. In these pieces of work, the paint strokes communicate space with its beautiful calmness and contradicting fast, powerful, chaotic senses of unknowingness. Thick, fast, and, at times, chaotic overlapping brush strokes cross and interweave violently throughout the canvas. However, the flurry of brush strokes dissolve then come together to form an image of peace and tranquility in space. Machinery and complex space hardware are broken up into soft sections and layers. Similar to space, my work depicts an intensity in the light resulting in almost a cinematic quality. Through my work, I am making a visual record of a place that is far away, yet in our calm and chaotic lives, relatable to all viewers.

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10 of 14 reactions displayed

"Very impressive!"

"MY REVIEW pic a; the dilemma of human advancement into space.pic b; actively rectifying a definite modulation of intelligence."


"These are amazing pieces. What a great talent."

"Great work! Even better in person! The attention to paint application is unusually meticulous for such seemingly spontaneous and energized paintings."


"wow... very refreshing, thank you for posting your work.Wishing you continued success!Besh always,"

"i love it..the colors are so brightly kute.."

"These are so rich and bold. One giant leap for the Art world!"

"beautiful. my favorite work that ive seen on here in a while, especially after reading your description."

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