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Michael DeSutter

Michael DeSutter

Michael DeSutter is a mixed media artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He creates hand cut collages that explore movement through the formal qualities of high fashion photography and everyday imagery. Michael attended Purdue University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Art Studies with a concentration in Photography. He is a member of the Brooklyn Collage Collective.

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Artist Statement & CV

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 reassembling 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. Decades­old 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.

CV

Education

2003 BS, Art Studies, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016
Cut&Taste, Chinatown Soup, New York, NY
Vitamin C, Rabbithole Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Paper Cuts 2, Alameda, CA
The International Weird Collage Show, Barcelona, SP Unstable Portals, Brooklyn, NY
CUTPASTE3, F+ Gallery, Santa Ana, CA
Hanafuda Project, Ace Hotel, New York, NY

2015
Al-soqi & DeSutter, Thrive Okapi, Thrive, Brooklyn, NY
Community54 - Ave B, New York, NY
Brooklyn Vs. London, Something in the Attic, Carousel Gallery, London, UK Bushwick Open Studios, Troutman Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Collage Collective, Dateline Gallery, Denver, CO
Cut & Paste, Sugarlift, Brooklyn, NY

2014
The War of Art, Safari Gallery, Soho, NY #NoFilter, Safari Gallery, Soho, NY
Group Show, Greenpoint Gallery, Greenpoint NY

Michael DeSutter

Restoring The Luster

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DESCRIPTION 14x17", original collage on paper  Read Michael's interview.  DeSutter's hand cut collages explore movement through the formal qualities of high fashion photography and everyday imagery. Meticulously cut and constructed, his two...

Michael DeSutter

Quietly Inspired

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DESCRIPTION 11x14", original collage on paper  Read Michael's interview.  DeSutter's hand cut collages explore movement through the formal qualities of high fashion photography and everyday imagery. Meticulously cut and constructed, his two...

Michael DeSutter

This Movement Is Catching On

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DESCRIPTION 34x40", original collage on paper  Read Michael's interview.  DeSutter's hand cut collages explore movement through the formal qualities of high fashion photography and everyday imagery. Meticulously cut and constructed, his two...

Michael DeSutter

Ways of Reimagining

$ 275.00

DESCRIPTION 9x12", original collage on paper  Read Michael's interview.  DeSutter's hand cut collages explore movement through the formal qualities of high fashion photography and everyday imagery. Meticulously cut and constructed, his two...

Michael DeSutter

Amid Much Buzz

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DESCRIPTION 14x14", original collage on paper  Read Michael's interview.  DeSutter's hand cut collages explore movement through the formal qualities of high fashion photography and everyday imagery. Meticulously cut and constructed, his two...

Michael DeSutter

The Pop Star Struggle

$ 350.00

DESCRIPTION 14x17", original collage on paper  Read Michael's interview.  DeSutter's hand cut collages explore movement through the formal qualities of high fashion photography and everyday imagery. Meticulously cut and constructed, his two...

Michael DeSutter

Both Close and Out of Reach

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DESCRIPTION 22x30", original collage on paper  Read Michael's interview.  DeSutter's hand cut collages explore movement through the formal qualities of high fashion photography and everyday imagery. Meticulously cut and constructed, his two...

Michael DeSutter

Living In Two

$ 1,475.00

DESCRIPTION 34x40", original collage on paper  Read Michael's interview.  DeSutter's hand cut collages explore movement through the formal qualities of high fashion photography and everyday imagery. Meticulously cut and constructed, his two...

Michael DeSutter

What Many Have Long Felt

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DESCRIPTION 9x9", original collage on paper  Read Michael's interview.  DeSutter's hand cut collages explore movement through the formal qualities of high fashion photography and everyday imagery. Meticulously cut and constructed, his two...

Michael DeSutter

A Cascade of Aftershocks

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DESCRIPTION 9x12" | Original collage on paper  Read Michael's interview.  DeSutter's hand cut collages explore movement through the formal qualities of high fashion photography and everyday imagery. Meticulously cut and constructed, his...

Michael DeSutter

Remade for a New Era

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DESCRIPTION 9x12" | Original collage on paper  Read Michael's interview.  DeSutter's hand cut collages explore movement through the formal qualities of high fashion photography and everyday imagery. Meticulously cut and constructed, his...

Michael DeSutter

Kicking Habits

$ 350.00

DESCRIPTION 14x17" | Original collage on paper  Read Michael's interview.  DeSutter's hand cut collages explore movement through the formal qualities of high fashion photography and everyday imagery. Meticulously cut and constructed, his...

Michael DeSutter

Peacocking

$ 275.00

DESCRIPTION 9x12", original collage on paper  Read Michael's interview.  DeSutter's hand cut collages explore movement through the formal qualities of high fashion photography and everyday imagery. Meticulously cut and constructed, his two...

Michael DeSutter

Where it’s possible

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DESCRIPTION 14x17", original collage on paper  Read Michael's interview.  DeSutter's hand cut collages explore movement through the formal qualities of high fashion photography and everyday imagery. Meticulously cut and constructed, his two...

Michael DeSutter

The Rhythm is Flirtation

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DESCRIPTION 18x24", original collage on paper  Read Michael's interview.  DeSutter's hand cut collages explore movement through the formal qualities of high fashion photography and everyday imagery. Meticulously cut and constructed, his two...

Michael DeSutter

... And then some

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DESCRIPTION 9x12", original collage on paper  Read Michael's interview.  DeSutter's hand cut collages explore movement through the formal qualities of high fashion photography and everyday imagery. Meticulously cut and constructed, his two...

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