Andy Mister’s work explores the boundary between mechanical and manual reproduction. Using 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.” Drawn freehand and made to replicate the look of a coarse, mechanically printed image, Mister’s drawings of landscapes and flowers, riots and concert crowds purposely disrupt the connection between image and aesthetic. This disconnection allows the work to become a keen comment on contemporary society, especially in relation to contested issues like climate change and social injustice.
Andy Mister (b. 1979) 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 work has been exhibited at Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York, NY; Turn Gallery, New York, NY; Commune Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY; Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY; Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA; Dieu Donné, New York, NY; and the National Arts Club, New York, NY, among others. 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. He has been awarded residencies from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY, and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE. Recently, Mister’s work was included in Twenty Twenty at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT. In Spring 2021, he will have solo exhibitions at Rebecca Camacho Presents, San Francisco, CA, and Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA. Andy Mister lives in Beacon, NY.