Michael Bugler

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Statement

I am inspired by the ‘highs and lows of art and printed culture’ … the tactile look of ink on paper… the artifacts of printing - things like ink spread, dot patterns, and gravure lines.

I like the challenge of taking something as ‘undesigned’ as a coupon or a ticket stub and turning it into something beautiful.

Artists see the world differently than most people. It is our job to show the rest of the world this unique and personal view of whatever it is we are examining.

I don’t intend for my work to have any hidden meaning or social message, but it could be said that this work is a reaction to consumer culture and the visual pollution of advertising and the mass media. Or how Hollywood/television is responsible for many of the problems in the world. But really this is just another visually interesting way of putting ink on paper.

…the artist’s compulsion to react to the steady stream of information that the print media delivers on a daily basis…

…to try and give order to the barrage of mass-media fed images and information that confronts us daily.

Quotes

“I quote others only to better express myself”

   – Michel de Montaigne, Renaissance Scholar

“As an artist, your job is to dismantle the world, then reinvent it.”

   – Larry Sultan, Photographer

“In other words, there are pleasures to be had from harmony and rhythm, from line and color, from “qualia” in and of themselves, that no amount of well-meaning contextural analysis will elucidate. This is why people create art and why people love art. This is also precisely what contemporary art often fails to engage with, and thus, as a consequence, why it often fails to engage its audience. People who disengage with contemporary art are often much more interested in contemporary music, precisely because it speaks to them in a much more direct fashion: “Fuck art, let’s dance.”

   – Rian Hughes, Graphic Designer

“I mine pop culture for my work. When you’re looking at it really closely, and turning it inside out - that’s what being an artist is all about. I love dealing with the craziness of our culture and its poignancy.”

   – Larry Sultan, Photographer

“The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.”

   – Picasso

“If there is something to steal, I steal it!.”

   – Picasso

“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.”

   – Edward Hopper

“Personally, I feel that in my own work I wanted to look programmed or impersonal but I don’t really believe I am being impersonal when I do it. And I don’t think you could do this.”

   – Roy Lichtenstein

“I’m not really sure what social message my art carries, if any. And I don’t really want it to carry one. I’m not interested in the subject matter to try to teach society anything, or to try to better our world in any way. Every good painter paints what he is.”

   – Roy Lichtenstein