The work of Andy Mister explores the boundary between mechanical and manual reproduction. Working with images appropriated from vintage photographs and deftly mimicking the Xerox-aesthetic of punk zines and album covers, Mister’s drawings question how meaning is created or lost through the act of “copying.” Here, the artist turns his attention away from the overtly political themes of his previous work and toward nature-based photography. Translating the grandeur and natural beauty of a landscape through a tough, dirty, printed aesthetic gives the works in this exhibition an incisive edge, like a conservationist’s message delivered with punk rock urgency.
Drawn freehand and made to replicate the look of a coarse, mechanically printed image, Mister’s drawings of landscapes and flowers purposely disrupt the connection between image and aesthetic. This disconnection allows the work to become a keen comment on nature’s role in contemporary society, especially in relation to contested issues like climate change and environmental protection. Says Mister, “The subject matter in a lot of my work is pretty dark and cold. I am interested in seeing if I can take this aesthetic style or language that I have been working on and apply it to something light and beautiful. But I hope that people familiar with my more political work will take a little time with these pieces and think about how they were made and why.”
Andy Mister received a BA in English Literature and Philosophy from Loyola University of New Orleans, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana. His artwork has exhibited at Hirschl & Adler Modern, Turn Gallery, Joshua Liner Gallery, Morgan Lehman Gallery, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, Brian Morris Gallery, Dieu Donné, SPRING/BREAK, Lesley Heller Workspace, and City Without Walls. His work has been covered in Frontrunner Magazine, Hyperallergic and Quiet Lunch. The Cultural Society published Heroes & Villains, a book of his drawings, in the fall of 2014. His first full-length book, Liner Notes, was published in 2013 by Station Hill. His writing has appeared in Boston Review, Colorado Review, Fence, Northwest Review, the hat, and elsewhere. He has been awarded residencies from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Bemis Center, and the Vermont Studio Center. He lives in Beacon, NY.