My work mixes personal with cultural imagination, fantasy with reality, politics with absurdity. I graft these elements together to highlight the co-dependence of individual creation and mass media (and mass persuasion), and to reveal the influence of both on politics, spirituality and perception itself.
I do this by imposing my own fantastical creations onto pre-existing cultural materials, such as movie clips, magazine pages, pamphlets and printed cardboard boxes. I am particularly drawn to those materials that are politically loaded, like army recruiting propaganda, gun magazines, westerns, war photography, and recently, the Zapruder footage of the JFK assassination. The end product is as diverse in media as these source materials, taking the forms of drawing, animation, video, installation, painting, and collage.
Mike Estabrook is a Brooklyn artist originally from the Mississippi River town of Quincy, Illinois.
Estabrook has exhibited his work at many galleries, museums, and non-profit spaces in New York and elsewhere. Among these are PPOW Fine Arts, ABC No Rio, PS1, The Queens Museum, The Bronx Museum, Arario Gallery, and Esso Gallery. His work has been cited in many publications, including The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Brooklyn Rail, and L Magazine. In 2005-6, he participated in the Artists in the Marketplace program at the Bronx Museum, in 2007-8 was a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace resident, and in 2009 was a resident in the Rotating Studio Program at the Artist's Alliance. He earned his MFA from Queens College in 2005.