Mixed Media / Collage
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
DeSutter's graphic & meditative collages have been featured in Full Blede and AnOther Magazine. His original collages are currently featured at Pharrell's The Goodtime Hotel in Miami. DeSutter practices includes considering the overlooked within old magazines, he uses these records of the past to consider and recontextualize the future.
"It’s important to take first steps even if you’re unsure of what you’re doing or how it will go, you’ll learn from them and that’s something you’ll be able to take with you the rest of your life.”
“My love of collage is the result of a desire to understand the world of my grandfather and to intimately investigate another place and time. I deconstruct imagery from the past, much like a mechanic disassembles an engine, to understand how it functions. By re-assembling these pieces in new ways, I create a new visual world that exists between his past and my present. My visual identity lives at the cross section of two predominant interests: the human experience and how we process information.
The desire to work with vintage print material is born out of a quest to understand the human experience. Decades old magazines, newspapers and notebooks are filled with human interest pieces that will never be recorded alongside more significant historical events. The past is ripe with stories of individuals and cultures who underwent similar paradigm shifts to what we experience today; one can imagine the first telephone was met with the same skepticism and awe as the first iPhone.
Following the release of Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow, I became fascinated with the idea that our brains analyzes information using one of two systems: 1) Autopilot, which is fast, intuitive and rooted in emotions and 2) Intentional, which is used when we need to process more complex ideas. To make things as easy as possible, we continually try to move information over to System 1, which requires less effort to process. This is how we can read a misspelled word and still understand the writer’s original intention; we jump to conclusions. I enjoy challenging this predisposition by connecting similar lines between clippings and creating movement which, at first glimpse, appears far more seamless than it really is.”
2003, BS, Art Studies with a Concentration in Photography, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017, Brooklyn vs. Sydney II, Chinatown Soup, New York, NY
2017, Direct Message, Ground Floor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2016, Cut&Taste, Chinatown Soup, New York, NY
2016, Vitamin C, Rabbithole Studios, Brooklyn, NY
2016, Paper Cuts 2, Alameda, CA
2016, The International Weird Collage Show, Barcelona, SP
2016, Unstable Portals, Brooklyn, NY
2016, CUTPASTE3, Santa Ana, CA
2016, Hanafuda Project, Ace Hotel, New York, NY
2015, Al-soqi & DeSutter, Thrive Okapi, Thrive, Brooklyn, NY
2015, Community54 - Ave B, Manhattan, NY
2015, Brooklyn Vs. London, Something in the Attic, Carousel Gallery, London, UK
2015, Bushwick Open Studios, Troutman Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2015, Brooklyn Collage Collective, Dateline Gallery, Denver, CO
2015, Cut & Paste, Sugarlift, Brooklyn, NY
2015, The War of Art, Safari Gallery, Soho, NY
2015, #NoFilter, Safari Gallery, Soho, NY
2015, Group Show, Greenpoint Gallery, Greenpoint NY
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About Michael DeSutter
Michael DeSutter is a mixed media artist now living and working in Denver, CO. His hand cut collages utilize a plethora of vintage source material, varying from high fashion photography to everyday imagery. Conceptually, his body of work is concentrated around the theme of movement, both physically and metaphorically, propelling his work to evolve around this thematic common thread. DeSutter attended Purdue University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Photography.