Pray to the Power

About Michael Kagan

Brooklyn-based artist Michael Kagan’s work is full of contradictions. His oil paintings highlight the tension between the snapshot-like quality of frozen instants of explosive motion—such as a rocket launch—and the slow process of painting. There is also an element of the unexpected in the close examination of his works; as a viewer approaches what appears to be a representational painting, the surface dissolves into an abstract composition of aggressive brushstrokes. Kagan believes a painting is perfect “when it can fall apart or it can come back together depending on how you read the image and also how close you are.”

American, b. 1980

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Lights Out, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York
2014
Thunder in the Distance, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Why I Want to Fuck Donald Trump, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York
2014
Your Favorite Artist's Favorite Artist, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York