Mike Mandel

American, b. 1950

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Mike Mandel

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American, b. 1950

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Since the 1970s, Mike Mandel has been deeply engaged with photography, using its changing tools to pursue projects that question the nature and uses of a medium too often taken at face value. In the 1970s and early 1980s, he worked with found photographs and film-based cameras to produce a highly conceptual series of books and exhibitions that revealed the inherent ambiguity of photographic images. Among these projects is Evidence (1977), a book of found photographs from government, scientific, military, and police archives, created in collaboration with Larry Sultan. A seminal work, it demonstrated that the meaning of a photograph is conditioned by its context. In the 1980s, Mandel became interested in public art and began producing photo-based, mosaic murals. Composed of thousands of colored tiles, which he compares to pixels, his murals adorn public spaces and buildings across America.

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Biography

Since the 1970s, Mike Mandel has been deeply engaged with photography, using its changing tools to pursue projects that question the nature and uses of a medium too often taken at face value. In the 1970s and early 1980s, he worked with found photographs and film-based cameras to produce a highly conceptual series of books and exhibitions that revealed the inherent ambiguity of photographic images. Among these projects is Evidence (1977), a book of found photographs from government, scientific, military, and police archives, created in collaboration with Larry Sultan. A seminal work, it demonstrated that the meaning of a photograph is conditioned by its context. In the 1980s, Mandel became interested in public art and began producing photo-based, mosaic murals. Composed of thousands of colored tiles, which he compares to pixels, his murals adorn public spaces and buildings across America.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
Group
Group show at a major institution
New Museum, and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more