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FINE ART: Street Collage Gangsterism

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A Barnum Tradition
Michael Anderson, the art curator at downtown hipster art mag Animal, who was featured in its pages not long ago in a layout titled "Street Collage Gangster," recombines ad posters with the intention of "developing nonlinear narratives that capture the experience of contemporary life with dark humor. I attempt to balance abstraction and representation in a composition to create a static/non-static effect in the overall experience of the work," he explains. "In taking posters from the street, which are supersaturated and obvious, I focus ideas to create a collision of energy that allows for tremendous juxtaposition." Seen, for example, in this strange circus riff called "Ringling Brothers" — as noted in the Animal story, P.T. Barnum invented street postering in 1845. See www.chamuconegro.com and www.paulrodgers9w.com for more on Anderson, whose work is on display in the New York office of event marketing agency US Concepts, 75 Ninth Ave., till September. And see the PDF for takes on Grand Theft Auto and Kung Fu Hustle. Got ad-related art you want to flaunt? Send it to terryk@crain.com today!
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