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<p>Alan Michael, <em>Cars and Houses</em> (2008), oil on canvas, 101,7 x 152,5 cm, Courtesy the artist and Sammlung Gaby and Wilhelm Schürmann Herzogenrath. / Alan Michael, <em>Liveblog</em> (2021), oil on canvas, 152 x 105 cm, Courtesy the artist and HIGH ART, Paris und Jan Kaps Cologne. Photos: Fred Dott.</p>

Alan Michael, Cars and Houses (2008), oil on canvas, 101,7 x 152,5 cm, Courtesy the artist and Sammlung Gaby and Wilhelm Schürmann Herzogenrath. / Alan Michael, Liveblog (2021), oil on canvas, 152 x 105 cm, Courtesy the artist and HIGH ART, Paris und Jan Kaps Cologne. Photos: Fred Dott.

<p>Alan Michael, <em>Cars and Houses</em> (2008), oil on canvas, 101,7 x 152,5 cm, Courtesy the artist and Sammlung Gaby and Wilhelm Schürmann Herzogenrath. / Alan Michael, <em>Liveblog</em> (2021), oil on canvas, 152 x 105 cm, Courtesy the artist; HIGH ART, Paris und Jan Kaps Cologne. / Alan Michael, <em>Essays and Fictions</em> (2021), acrylic paint dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist; HIGH ART, Paris und Jan Kaps, Cologne. Photos: Fred Dott.</p>

Alan Michael, Cars and Houses (2008), oil on canvas, 101,7 x 152,5 cm, Courtesy the artist and Sammlung Gaby and Wilhelm Schürmann Herzogenrath. / Alan Michael, Liveblog (2021), oil on canvas, 152 x 105 cm, Courtesy the artist; HIGH ART, Paris und Jan Kaps Cologne. / Alan Michael, Essays and Fictions (2021), acrylic paint dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist; HIGH ART, Paris und Jan Kaps, Cologne. Photos: Fred Dott.

<p>Alan Michael, <em>Cars and Houses</em> (2008), oil on canvas, 101,7 x 152,5 cm, Courtesy the artist and Sammlung Gaby and Wilhelm Schürmann Herzogenrath. Photo: Fred Dott.</p>

Alan Michael, Cars and Houses (2008), oil on canvas, 101,7 x 152,5 cm, Courtesy the artist and Sammlung Gaby and Wilhelm Schürmann Herzogenrath. Photo: Fred Dott.

<p>Alan Michael, <em>Cars and Houses</em> (2008), oil on canvas, 101,7 x 152,5 cm, Courtesy the artist and Sammlung Gaby and Wilhelm Schürmann Herzogenrath. Photo: Fred Dott.</p>

Alan Michael, Cars and Houses (2008), oil on canvas, 101,7 x 152,5 cm, Courtesy the artist and Sammlung Gaby and Wilhelm Schürmann Herzogenrath. Photo: Fred Dott.

<p>Alan Michael, <em>Liveblog</em> (2021), oil on canvas, 152 x 105 cm, Courtesy the artist; HIGH ART, Paris und Jan Kaps Cologne. Photo: Fred Dott.</p>

Alan Michael, Liveblog (2021), oil on canvas, 152 x 105 cm, Courtesy the artist; HIGH ART, Paris und Jan Kaps Cologne. Photo: Fred Dott.

<p>Alan Michael, <em>Liveblog</em> (2021), oil on canvas, 152 x 105 cm, Courtesy the artist; HIGH ART, Paris und Jan Kaps Cologne. Photo. Fred Dott.</p>

Alan Michael, Liveblog (2021), oil on canvas, 152 x 105 cm, Courtesy the artist; HIGH ART, Paris und Jan Kaps Cologne. Photo. Fred Dott.

<p>Alan Michael, <em>Essays and Fictions</em> (2021), acrylic paint dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist; HIGH ART, Paris and Jan Kaps, Cologne. Photo: Fred Dott.</p>

Alan Michael, Essays and Fictions (2021), acrylic paint dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist; HIGH ART, Paris and Jan Kaps, Cologne. Photo: Fred Dott.

<p>Installation View, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg, Alan Michael, <em>Playlife</em>, 2021. / Alan Michael, <em>Cars and Houses</em> (2008), oil on canvas, 101,7 x 152,5 cm, Courtesy the artist and Sammlung Gaby and Wilhelm Schürmann Herzogenrath. Photo: Fred Dott.</p>

Installation View, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg, Alan Michael, Playlife, 2021. / Alan Michael, Cars and Houses (2008), oil on canvas, 101,7 x 152,5 cm, Courtesy the artist and Sammlung Gaby and Wilhelm Schürmann Herzogenrath. Photo: Fred Dott.

<p>Exhibition View, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg, Alan Michael, <em>Playlife</em>, 2021. Photo: Fred Dott.</p>

Exhibition View, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg, Alan Michael, Playlife, 2021. Photo: Fred Dott.

<p>Exhibition View, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg, Alan Michael, <em>Playlife</em>, 2021. Photo: Fred Dott.</p>

Exhibition View, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg, Alan Michael, Playlife, 2021. Photo: Fred Dott.

<p>Exhibition View, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg, Alan Michael, <em>Playlife</em>, 2021. Photo: Fred Dott.</p>

Exhibition View, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg, Alan Michael, Playlife, 2021. Photo: Fred Dott.

<p>Alan Michael,<em> Syn</em> (2015), oil on canvas, 152 x 105 cm. Courtesy the artist; HIGH ART, Paris and Jan Kaps Köln. Photo: Fred Dott.</p>

Alan Michael, Syn (2015), oil on canvas, 152 x 105 cm. Courtesy the artist; HIGH ART, Paris and Jan Kaps Köln. Photo: Fred Dott.

<p>Alan Michael,<em> Syn</em> (2015), oil on canvas, 152 x 105 cm. Courtesy the artist; HIGH ART, Paris and Jan Kaps Cologne. Photo: Fred Dott.</p>

Alan Michael, Syn (2015), oil on canvas, 152 x 105 cm. Courtesy the artist; HIGH ART, Paris and Jan Kaps Cologne. Photo: Fred Dott.

<p>Alan Michael, <em>literally show me a healthy person</em> (2021), oil on treated paper, plexiglass frame, 35 x 26 cm, Courtesy the artist; HIGH ART, Paris and Jan Kaps, Cologne. / Alan Michael, <em>Soft Split</em> (2021), oil on treated paper, plexiglass frame, 35 x 26 cm, Courtesy the artist; HIGH ART, Paris and Jan Kaps, Cologne. Photo: Fred Dott.</p>

Alan Michael, literally show me a healthy person (2021), oil on treated paper, plexiglass frame, 35 x 26 cm, Courtesy the artist; HIGH ART, Paris and Jan Kaps, Cologne. / Alan Michael, Soft Split (2021), oil on treated paper, plexiglass frame, 35 x 26 cm, Courtesy the artist; HIGH ART, Paris and Jan Kaps, Cologne. Photo: Fred Dott.

<p>Alan Michael, <em>literally show me a healthy person</em> (2021), oil on treated paper, plexiglass frame, 35 x 26 cm, Courtesy the artist; HIGH ART, Paris and Jan Kaps, Cologne. Photo: Fred Dott.</p>

Alan Michael, literally show me a healthy person (2021), oil on treated paper, plexiglass frame, 35 x 26 cm, Courtesy the artist; HIGH ART, Paris and Jan Kaps, Cologne. Photo: Fred Dott.

<p>Alan Michael, <em>Soft Split</em> (2021), oil on treated paper, plexiglass frame, 35 x 26 cm, Courtesy the artist; HIGH ART, Paris and Jan Kaps, Cologne. Photo: Fred Dott.</p>

Alan Michael, Soft Split (2021), oil on treated paper, plexiglass frame, 35 x 26 cm, Courtesy the artist; HIGH ART, Paris and Jan Kaps, Cologne. Photo: Fred Dott.

<p>Exhibition View, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg, Alan Michael, <em>Playlife</em>, 2021. Photo: Fred Dott.</p>

Exhibition View, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg, Alan Michael, Playlife, 2021. Photo: Fred Dott.

<p>Exhibition View, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg, Alan Michael, <em>Playlife</em>, 2021. Photo: Fred Dott.</p>

Exhibition View, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg, Alan Michael, Playlife, 2021. Photo: Fred Dott.

<p>Exhibition View, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg, Alan Michael, <em>Playlife</em>, 2021. Photo: Fred Dott.</p>

Exhibition View, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg, Alan Michael, Playlife, 2021. Photo: Fred Dott.

Alan Michael

Playlife

Exhibition   31. October 2021 – 19. December 2021

Playlife presents a series of works created by Scottish artist Alan Michael (*1967 in Glasgow, lives and works in London) since the early 2000s. The works centre around one motif: cars parked in streets, their cityscape surroundings reflecting in their windows. The exhibition collects a series of paintings of commodities–renderings of automobiles, the production of which resumed in the late 1990s and early 2000s, based on "classic" models from the mid-twentieth century. Representing the visual texture of the early 2000s, these cars represent a form of obsession with the past, and the cultural phenomenon of the retro aesthetic which permeated fashion, product and interior design. 

Michael's paintings are ways of seeing and ways of image production, one among many. Art historian Linda Nochlin, writing in 1971 on photorealist painting as “new” Realism, stated that “New Realism has exploded the modernist myth entirely,” and with it, the remaining belief in a linear development of painting, resulting in a permanent parallel presence of formal strategies. Michael’s work, formally adjunct to strategies of photorealism, has been concerned with forms and problems of vision, while retaining an ambivalent but courteous relation to their formal procedures. Michael's works participate in the economy they depict as stowaways. In this way, they reveal the economies that are at work here: a desire to incorporate history and, with it, potential alternative narratives.

On the occasion of this exhibition, Michael created reproductions of older work. In a practice spanning over twenty years, the exhibition considers, what is sorted out, what is brought out again, what is changed–looking back, disclosing strategies of image production.

The annual program at Halle für Kunst Lüneburg e.V. is funded by the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony, Sparkassenstiftung Lüneburg and Hansestadt Lüneburg. The educational programme at Halle für Kunst Lüneburg e.V. is funded by the Ministry for Science and Culture of Lower Saxony. The exhibition Playlife is supported by Lüneburgischer Landschaftsverband and Hansestadt Lüneburg.

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