Michelle Brandemuehl

Exhibition “2021”

Michelle spent her formative years in Wisconsin where she studied painting and received her BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She now lives and works in New York. Michelle has been a resident of the Edward F. Albee Foundation in Montauk, NY, CCA New York residency, PADA Studio Residency in Lisbon, PT, and has exhibited her work in Chicago, Brooklyn, New York City and San Francisco.

The monumental structures of New York City were the inspiration of my work. Having a major in mural painting I was always interested in the connection of art and architecture.Observing the urban world, the bridges and buildings hold an artistic poetry for me.

I am interested in the megalithic structures we built in our cities and the cohabiting of people and nature in the modern megapolis.  I use the details of bridges and machinery in my paintings as a connecting element between places but also connecting people and cultures.My paintings are influenced by the Orthodox icons and I work mainly in acrylic or oil on wood panels, using the classical technics of layering and making gradients of color, glazing by using thin layers of paint, and gold leaf as well as rusted and mangled metal parts found in the streets.

The visual contrast between the old industrial elements found everywhere in the city and the glitz and glamour of glass, steel and brass of the new technological developments were the thing that interested me.

I often incorporate a gold leaf as an opposition to the discarded, rusting detritus we leave behind as a reminder that the new technologies will be transforming the environment in the near future.

The juxtaposition of the old, rusted, discarded elements to the new futuristic materials gives me the visual opportunity to ask the question what we leave behind and how we can change our environment.


Year: 2019

Materials: acrylic and spray paint on panel

Size: 24x20x2 inches


Year: 2017

Materials: spray paint, acrylic, molding paste, and marble dust on linen

Size: 24x18x1 inches

Exhibition “2021”

As a celebration that 2020 has ended and that a new year is here, FLATFILE has launched a new online program title, simply: “2021.”

We invited artists to participate through a rolling open call, which remains open for the entirety of this year. From these submissions, our jury panel carefully selects new works to present on FLATFILE, with new works added throughout all of 2021.

The price of each artwork is a flat $2,021,

a discounted price from the actual value of each work, offered here, exclusively.

Michelle Brandemuehl: Exhibition “2021”
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