The paintings, drawings and collages of Velveeta Heartbreak (Michael J Bowman)


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OUTSIDER, PSYCHEDELIC, LOWBROW, POP-SURREALISM, VISIONARY, COSMIC, NAIVE, FOLK, DADA, POP, RAW, BRUT, ABSTRACT, EXPRESSIONISM, SYMBOLISM, DECADENT, SURREAL, SURREALISM, FANTASY, GRAFFITI, TATTOO, COMIX, PRIMITIVISM, PRIMITIVE, ESOTERIC, OCCULT, HIPPIE, PUNK, BIKER, BEATNIK, SURFER, SKATE, LO-FI, BOHO, DIY, ALT, ROCK, SCI-FI, FREAKY, FUNKY, DILATED, MUTATED, TRIPPY, WEIRDO, HORROR, EXISTENTIAL, EXPERIMENTAL, FREE-STYLE, FREE-FORM, FREE-ASSOCIATION, IMPROVISATION, AUTOMATIC, AUTOMATISM, PSYCHIC

Who is Michael James Bowman, and what is Velveeta Heartbreak?



VELVEETA HEARTBREAK is the "Hyper-Psych" artwork of an artist who is influenced by Abstract, ALT, Beatnik, Biker, Bio-Morphic, Bizarre, Boho, Brut, Confusing, Cosmic, Crazy, Creepy, Cute-Brut, Dada, Decadent, Degenerate, Delusional, Demented, Deviant, Dilated, DIY, Eclectic, Esoteric, Existential, Experimental, Expressionist, Fantasy, Folky, Freaky, Funky, Graffiti-esque, Gross, Grotesque, Hippie, Horror, Intuitive, Lo-Fi, Lowbrow, Messy, Mixed-Up, Mutated, Naive, Neo-Tribal, Obscure, Obsessive-Compulsive, Occult, Organic, Outsider, Paranormal, Pop, Pop-Surrealist, Primitive, Psychedelic, Psychic, Punk, Puerile, Raw, Rock, Sci-Fi, Self-Indulgent, Skater, Sorrowful, Soulful, Spiritual, Surfer, Surreal, Symbolic, Symbolist, Tattooey, Tragic, Trippy, Ugly, Un-Beautiful, Underground, Visionary, Wacky, Wanna-Be, Weirdo, Whimsical --- in other words, the artwork of Michael J Bowman.

Velveeta Heartbreak (ne Michael J. Bowman) is an artist and self-taught musician. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter, where he makes drawings and paintings.

Mr. Bowman was born in Elk Grove Village, IL in 1962 and attended art school in Syracuse NY in the early 1980's. He is among the first artists to hang a painting in the now legendary Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. In 1990 he created paintings, posters and installations for the Lizard's Tail performance space and "Cat's Head" warehouse art events on the then un-developed Williamsburg waterfront. More recently, Mr. Bowman's large-scale drawings have been exhibited in several Brooklyn art galleries, including a 2005 solo show in the Williamsburg neighborhood. The New York Daily News wrote "large drawings littered with psychedelic shapes and subversive punk slogans". The L Magazine wrote "Bowman's approach to large scale drawing draws inspiration from the automatic drawing processes of the surrealists, street art, graffiti, outsider art, psychedelic art, and the art of the insane." Mr. Bowman has also published collections of his drawings as the "Nova Feedback" zine series, of which Arthur magazine said "a hot bouquet of drawings and collages that range from extremely casual to speed-freak-detailed...some of them have a very ‘50s animation feel to them".

In the mid-to-late 1980s Mr. Bowman played drums for a variety of New York City punk and rock bands. In 1987, one of these bands, "The Hungry Dutchmen", won MTV's Basement Tapes Award. Mr. Bowman was also active as an outsider musician, participating in the "cassette culture" scene of the 1980s and 1990s. Between 1989 and 2009, Mr. Bowman wrote, recorded and released 20 full-length cassette and CDR albums of experimental pop-rock on his homemade Semper Lofi label, garnering dozens of rave reviews from the underground press. In 1990 the NYC magazine Musician's Exchange voted Mr. Bowman one of the year's "Best Unsigned Artists". A profile in the March 1996 issue of Alternative Press called Mr. Bowman's recordings "an acid-dosed cube of unrefined sugar". In the Summer of 2001, Mr. Bowman's recording "Joe" reached #2 on MP3.COM's IndiePop/LoFi chart.

PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS BY VELVEETA HEARTBREAK


"a riotous multimedia pop inflected explosion of unlikely juxtapositions..."
Caviglia's Cabinet of Curiosities


"Afterlife" Velveeta Heartbreak 2011, 48" x 54" on paper

Drawing and Painting

I'm interested specifically in making drawings and paintings. I work predominantly on paper, secondarily on canvas or wood. My primary method is to "draw" on the surface with pencils, color sticks and acrylic paints. Occasionally I resort to collage. I don't do sculpture, installations, conceptual or performance art. My images contain both personal and referential mark making, most of it spontaneous, experimental, improvised.

Noise and "Ugly-ness"

I am interested in dissonant combinations within the pictorial space, built up in large overlapping quantities. I am interested in visual combinations that create a snapshot of a new truth. How "ugly" could a picture be and still hold the viewer's attention? How much visual noise can the pictorial space bear? What happens at the confluence of obsessive/compulsive mark making, pictorial free association and the overload of the pictorial space?

Influences - High Art and Lowbrow

As a kid I was dragged around the art museums and churches of Europe (1969-1972) . Then in 1972, at the ripe old age of 10, I was plunked back into an American suburb, where I ran around the fast-food strip and the mall. This exposure to both the Louvre and Spencer's Gifts I believe has a lot to do with why my pictures look the way they do. I was as much influenced by 1970's rock album cover art as I was by my Dad's books on Renaissance art. He had a book called "Civilisation" by Kenneth Clark, while I had the typical late '70s stoner kid's library (Heavy Metal magazine, Occupied Spaces by Brad Johannsen, Mythopoekon by Patrick Woodroffe, Flights of Icarus by Paper Tiger, Frank Zappa album covers, etc...). Even before the family was moved to Europe, when we lived in Chicago, I have a vivid memory of standing in front of the "Chicago Picasso" while clutching my Ugly Stickers bubblegum pack. This must've been 1968. I was 6. At the time I was a normal kid who liked to sit alone and draw monsters, while everybody else played their games. Not much has changed really. I've spent the past 30 years living in and around NYC, where one is exposed to a visual stew of street art, graffiti, window displays and commercial advertising all blending into each other and mutating into a chaotic visual battle.

Genre and Style

A genre that I could be attached to... a school I could be a member of... a style that I was the practitioner of --- that type of easy classification will be for somebody else to apply, in the future, if ever. It's easy today to throw around genre terms, like "pop surrealism" and "lobrow" - today almost everybody is trying to draw the mustache on the Mona Lisa (as Duchamp did 100 years ago), or bend space and time ala Salvador Dali, or find a way to exercise our most primitive mark making urges ala Jackson Pollock. And I count myself as a guerilla in those continuing revolutions. My images reflect the fact that I am exposed to a plurality of aesthetics from a variety of eras, and I was exposed to this miasma from a very young age, and the result is that my pictorial space is a hybrid fusion of what visuals I've been exposed to, and turned on by. Art museums, advertisements, video games, contemporary art magazines, the internet, a city street, whatever, wherever. As far as "modernism" is concerned, we find ourselves in the post-modern era, and all art will be viewed through post-modern eyes. I may attempt the pre-modernist picture tropes such as the still life, the landscape, the portrait, the allegory, the historical scene--- but they will be rendered by this post-modernist for a post-modernist viewer. It's inescapable and almost pointless to address. I strive to create a body of work that, in the end, aligns more with "Classic Modernism", the idea that making art should be the expression of one person’s singular vision, as opposed to most contemporary art, which favors conceptual cut'n'paste over a signature style. Regardless, all of my pictures will contain referential depictions in free association with outbursts of automatic, obsessive, compulsive, improvised and often reckless mark making.

Underground art

At the time of this writing, I am an underground artist. These days we throw around terms like "folk", "outsider", "populist", "punk" or "DIY" to describe any artist who works outside of any mainstream art institution, when in fact these terms originally had a much more specific meaning. But I feel that I am an "outsider artist", in the sense that I have been rejected by all mainstream art galleries, art fairs, art museums and magazines. I have received no grants or invitations to residencies, nor have I entered juried art shows to win awards. I've barely been embraced by the "DIY underground", but the handful of group and solo shows I've been involved in I can proudly say were by invitation. I have yet to engage in a "pay-to-play" exhibit. The small bit of academic training I have received was as a commercial Illustrator and computer graphic artist, not as a fine artist. This training has little to do with the pictures I create now. I feel that I am a "folk artist" or "outsider artist" in the sense that I create my paintings and drawings out of obsession and compulsion, not because of a proper relationship to any movement, gallery, academy or institution.

Psychedelics and surrealism

Another important aspect of my art is that it is informed by my psychedelic experiences. Between 1980 and 1984, I experimented extensively with LSD. And again we come up against a word, "psychedelic", that in contemporary culture, refers to a fashion, the visual style, the rock album covers and posters from the late 1960's. But when I call my art "psychedelic", I'm using the word in its original, pre-1960's context, to mean "mind manifesting". The same way I would apply the term "surrealist" - not to imply that I am of the classic surrealists, but that my picture making involves surrealist methodologies such as automatic drawing and free association.

Experimental art

"Raw", "Brut" and "Visionary" are also terms I've borrowed to describe my art. What this really means is that I create no preliminary sketches or picture concepts before my tool meets the surface. In this sense all my pictures are improvised. The pictures arise from a compulsive obsession to draw, and I'm not fussy about the techniques or materials, in fact experimentation and opportunity are key elements of my process. The resulting visions are too urgent to be rendered in a manner that promotes technical gloss over substance. When the artist is reeling with the intoxication of creation, making his marks, he's going to be lurching, sloppy even. I like my art to be awkward, gutsy, slapdash, urgent. I like the tool marks to show.

This quote from David Thomas about his approach to art, sums it up much better than I could: "The goal should be to capture the unique and distinctive voice of the individual as he struggles to cobble Meaning together out of a soup of confusions, contradictions, hopes and fears, information and misinformation."

Nova Feedback



Between 2004 and 2008 I published my drawings in a zine called "Nova Feedback".


In their "Bull Tongue" column for Arthur Magazine, Byron Coley and Thurston Moore said: "Nova Feedback is also easy on the eyes. The first five issues collect a hot bouquet of drawings and collages that range from extremely casual to speed-freak-detailed. Some of them have a very ‘50s animation feel to them (although the subject matter has a tendency to be bit perverse) and it would be mighty interesting to meet a woman who was covered with his designs as tats."


and Rick Bradford of Poopsheet said:
"Michael Bowman publishes Nova Feedback, nice collections of his drawings and doodles. Very much on the abstract, surreal, art brut side of things and maybe even cute brut. I love this kind of stuff."

Velveeta Heartbreak artwork on Robin O'Brien CD





Details from my painting "Free Yourself From The Chains of Irony" were used to illustrate the new Robin O'brien CD --- on the cover, the inside gatefold and the disc. The CD is available from Luxotone Records.

Don Campau's LIVING ARCHIVE



Who were the "hometapers"? Why did they release their albums on cassettes only? And what was the "tape trading network"?

If you've ever wondered about these things, or are curious now, check out Don Campau's LIVING ARCHIVE, a website devoted to the underground audio cassette scene of the '80s and early '90s.

Don is a radio DJ from the San Francisco bay area who has been on the air since 1971, broadcasting underground music at stations like KTAO, KUSP and KKUP. Don also was part of the avant garde experimental noise outfit The Roots Of Madness, whose 1971 LP "The Girl In The Chair" now fetches vast sums of money on eBay.

Don's LIVING ARCHIVE website is a treasure trove of information. The artists, the homemade tape albums and the pre-Internet networking are all covered in his archive, with lots of cool scans, pictures, interviews and links to other sites and downloads.



Velveeta Heartbreak (Michael J Bowman) - a curriculum vitae of sorts

Velveeta Heartbreak (Michael J Bowman)

1962
Born at Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights, IL USA
1962-80
Elk Grove Village, IL, USA
Wilmington, DE, USA
Prospect Heights, IL, USA
Geneva, Switzerland
Wilmington, DE, USA
1977-1980
High School Diploma
Brandywine High School
Wilmington, DE, USA
played drums in a high-school prog-rock band
(covered King Crimson, etc...)
drawings and poetry published in "The Eye"
1980-1984
BFA, Illustration
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA
>Drummer: Serious Journalism, Choosy Mothers and Throbbing Pubus
>Drummer for the first-ever hip-hop short film soundtrack
"Breakspeare" by Julie Covello, winner of the
Best Experimental Film in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts
and Sciences Student Film Awards 1985
>1981 - Won the logo design contest for Brewster/Boland
>1981 Dean's List
Moved to NYC August 1984
Studio work includes paintings & drawings
Dayjob: Messenger, graphic arts assistant
1985 NYC
>"Wait A Minute...WHAT?!" DIY Comix Zine - Publisher, editor & contributor
multiple artists, 5 issues
>Drummer for rock band The Sprockets
>"The Astorians" rock band - Songwriter/Drummer/Vocalist
Performances throughout New York metro area
Studio work includes paintings & drawings
Dayjob: messenger, mail room clerk
1986 NYC
>"The Astorians" rock band - Songwriter/Drummer/Vocalist
7 song 12" vinyl release "Guffaw" + Performances throughout New York metro area
>"The Trivial Show" - Manhattan Cable public access TV show - Set designer
Studio work includes paintings & drawings
Dayjob: Mail room clerk, graphic artist
1987 NYC
>"The Hungry Dutchmen" rock band - Songwriter/Drummer
Performances throughout NYC metro area, New Jersey, western New York, and Ohio
MTV's "Basement Tapes" award, "Give It To Me" featured track, CMJ 'Certain Damage' CD
Studio work includes paintings & drawings
Dayjob: Mail room clerk, graphic artist
1988 NYC
>"The Hungry Dutchmen" rock band - Songwriter/Drummer
Performances throughout NYC metro area, 12" Single "Looking For Santa b/w Caught Unprepared"
Moved to Nutley, NJ
>"Hanging Gutter Gardens" 8-track recording facility - Designer/operator
Musical and advertising clientele
>"Sickdog" experimental rock band, Drummer
Performances throughout NYC metro area
>"New Images In American Art"
Group show, 112 Greene Street Gallery, NYC
>"Transforming The Narrative" Group show, Ariel Gallery, NYC
Studio work includes paintings & drawings
Dayjob: Mail room clerk, graphic artist
1989 Nutley, NJ
>"Charm" Wrote, performed and produced 13 song cassette
Distributed internationally by the artist
>"Hanging Gutter Gardens" 8-track recording facility - Designer/operator
Musical and advertising clientele
>"The Lizard's Tail" - Acrylic painting commissioned for performance space
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC
Studio work includes paintings & drawings
1990 Nutley, NJ
>"Fuzzy Logic" - Wrote, performed and produced 12 song cassette
Distributed internationally by the artist
>"Hanging Gutter Gardens" 8-track recording facility - Designer/operator
Musical and advertising clientele
>Married KEC, moved to NYC
>"The Cat's Head" - Group art & performance event - Poster design and art installation
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC
>"Spring Pageant" indie short film - title graphics and music
>"MJB-90" singer/songwriter - performances throughout NYC "anti-folk" scene
Studio work includes paintings & drawings
Dayjob: Mail room clerk, graphic artist
1991 NYC
>"Wonderbread World" - Wrote, performed and produced 11 song cassette
Distributed internationally by the artist
>"The Cat's Head 2" - Group art & performance event - Poster design and art installation
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC
>"MJB-90" singer/songwriter - performances throughout NYC "anti-folk" scene
Studio work includes paintings & drawings
Dayjob: Mail room clerk, graphic artist
1992 NYC
>Pratt Institute Certificate Program, Computer Graphics, NYC
>"4th Annual Computer Graphics Exhibition" group show
The Hall, Pratt Manhattan, NYC
>"Salon '92" Group show, Tribeca 148 Gallery, NYC
>"Diamond Mind Hero" - Wrote, performed and produced 10 song cassette
Distributed internationally by the artist
>Community Garden member, ABC Garden, 8th Street and Avenue B, NYC
>"MJB-90" singer/songwriter - performances throughout NYC "anti-folk" scene
Studio work includes paintings & drawings
Dayjob: Mail room clerk, graphic artist, audio/visual coordinator
1993 NYC
>Pratt Institute Certificate Degree, Computer Graphics, NYC
Studio work includes paintings & drawings
Dayjob: Audio/Visual coordinator
1994 NYC (moved to Cold Spring, NY)
Dayjob: Marketing Manager
1995 Cold Spring, NY
>"Lofi Superhighway" - Wrote, performed and produced 25 song cassette
Distributed internationally by the artist
Dayjob: Marketing Manager
1996 Cold Spring, NY
>"Sloppy Quirky Wussy Pop" - Wrote, performed and produced 16 song cassette
Dayjob: Marketing Director
produced promotional film for The Adventures of Sinbad in Cape Town, SA
1997 Cold Spring, NY
>"C'mon Slacker" - Wrote, performed and produced 16 song cassette
>"Chop Suey", 19 song cassette featuring 11 artists
Distributed internationally on by the artist - Semper Lo-Fi microlabel
Dayjob: Marketing Director
1998 Cold Spring, NY
>"Semper Lo-Fi" international cassette microlabel
>"The Stones" - Wrote, performed and produced 10 track cassette
>"Buffalo Geegaw" - Wrote, performed and produced 10 song cassette
>"Free Agent" zine - Editor & publisher
Dayjob: Marketing Director
1999 Cold Spring, NY
>"Semper Lo-Fi" international cassette microlabel
>"Blunt Shade Artcore" - Wrote, performed and produced 11 song cassette
>"Wanker" - Wrote, performed and produced 13 track cassette
Distributed internationally on cassette by the artist
Dayjob: internet graphics, website design, flash animations
2000 Cold Spring, NY
>"Semper Lo-Fi" international cassette microlabel
>"Pitch Wheel" 8 song recording by Samarkand (ne Ian Stewart)
>"Insect Darts I" 11 song recording with Mark Garro
>"Battery Powered Pop" - 10 song D.A.M. CD
Distributed internationally by MP3.com
>"Junkbunny" indie rock band - Songwriter/drummer/vocalist
8 song recording "Bump" distributed internationally by MP3.com
>"Tapegerm" experimental recording collective, member artist
Recordings distributed internationally by MP3.com
>"Television Boy" - Public access television program, Cos Cob, CT USA
music and interstitial animations
Studio work includes paintings & drawings
Dayjob: internet graphics, website design, flash animations
2001 Cold Spring, NY
>"Semper Lo-Fi" international cassette/CDR microlabel
>"Feed" - Wrote, performed and produced 8 song cassette/CDR
>"New Jersey", 4 song cassette Scott Carr
>"F13", 13 song cassette with KD Schmitz
>Song "Joe" reaches #2 on MP3.COM "Indie Pop/Lofi" charts
>"Art-O-Mat" - Participating artist, art vending machines
artwork for sale in The Whitney NYC and SECCA Winston-Salem, NC machines
>"Double Dare Press" Issue 4, Featured artist
>"CATS Magazine" Vol. 57, No. 3 - 4 full color illustrations, commisioned
Moved to Rhinebeck, NY USA
Studio work includes paintings, drawings and digital work
Dayjob: internet graphics, website design, flash animations
2002 Rhinebeck, NY
>"Semper Lo-Fi" international cassette/CDR microlabel
>"Diglayer" - Wrote, performed and produced 21 song cassette/CDR
>"Sinecure" - 9 song cassette with Don Campau
>"Television Boy" - Public access television program, Cos Cob, CT
created interstitial videos
>"Junkbunny" indie rock band - Songwriter/Singer/Guitarist/Drummer, performances in NYC
>"Droneforest" audio art collective, founding member
Studio work includes painting, drawing, digital and video work
Moved to Red Hook, NY
Dayjob: internet graphics, website design, flash animations
2003 Red Hook, NY
>"Semper Lo-Fi" international cassette/CDR microlabel
>"Bad Faith" - Wrote, performed and produced 9 song CDR
>"2002: A Year In The Mind" - Shot and edited 120 Minute autobiographical art/music video
distributed on VHS by the artist
>"Droneforest" audio art collective, founding member
Studio work includes painting, drawing, digital and video work
Dayjob: internet graphics, website design, flash animations
2004 Moved to Brooklyn, NYC - Divorced KEC
>Drummer for various bands including: The Brian Wilson Shock Treatment,
The JFK Jr. Royal Airforce, Billy Syndrome, Exeter Popes and Jason Trachtenburg
performances and recordings, NYC
>Painting collaboration with Daniel Caspera - exhibited at "Tag Team" group show, NYC
Studio work includes painting, drawing and audio recordings
Dayjob: internet graphics, website design, flash animations
2005 Brooklyn, NYC
>"Semper Lo-Fi" international cassette/CDR microlabel
>"Cloud: Joy Rocket Terminal" - Wrote, performed and produced 10 track CDR
distributed internationally by the artist
>"Nowhere... Everywhere" ltd ed hand-decorated CDRs sold at Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn
Drummer for various bands including: The Brian Wilson Shock Treatment,
The JFK Jr. Royal Airforce, Billy Syndrome, Exeter Popes and Jason Trachtenburg
performances and recordings, NYC
>"The Dollhaus Gallery" - Solo art show - Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
>"Sputnik Gallery" - Solo art show - Ft. Greene, Brooklyn, NY
>Nova Feedback" - B&W art zine, several volumes, distributed internationally by the artist
>"Droneforest" audio art collective, founding member
Studio work includes painting, drawing and audio recordings
Dayjob: Art director, NYC ad agency
2006 Brooklyn, NYC
>Married Orietta Chiusamonti
>"Semper Lo-Fi" international music microlabel
>"Velveeta Heartbreak: Fix for 2006" - Wrote, performed and produced 7 song CDR
>Velveeta Heartbreak "I Shot The Invisible Man b/w Secret Beach Boys Fans" 7" vinyl record
Distributed internationally by the artist
>Drummer for various bands including: The Brian Wilson Shock Treatment,
The JFK Jr. Royal Airforce, Billy Syndrome, Exeter Popes and Jason Trachtenburg
performances and recordings, NYC
>"Droneforest" audio art collective, founding member
>"Nova Feedback" - B&W art zine, several volumes, distributed internationally by the artist
Studio work includes painting, drawing and audio recordings
Various group art shows, NYC
Dayjob: Art director, NYC ad agency
2007 Brooklyn, NYC
>Daughter, Rosalee Euphemia Chiusamonti Bowman
>"Semper Lo-Fi" international music microlabel
>"Stars and Butter: First Steps" - experimental music cassette with Orietta Chiusamonti
>"Magik Plastique: We See You" - 4 track CDR
distributed internationally by the artist
>"Amy's Arms b/w Metacollage" by Droneforest - 12" single, distributed by Vuzh Music
>"Nova Feedback" - B&W art zine, several volumes, distributed internationally by the artist
Studio work includes painting, drawing and audio recordings
Various group art shows, NYC
Dayjob: Graphics Consultant for Legal Services Firm, Full-time Dad
2008 Brooklyn, NYC
>"Nova Feedback" - art zine, several volumes
>"One Step Closer To Nowhere" and "Nowhere... Everywhere" - limited edition color zines
distributed internationally by the artist
Studio work includes paintings and drawings
Dayjob: Graphics Consultant for Legal Services Firm, Full-time Dad
2009 Brooklyn, NY
>"Psychic Borderland" - Wrote, performed and produced 8 song CDR
Distributed internationally by the artist
>"Nova Feedback" - art zine, several volumes
>"Mysticolor Coloring Book" - 22 page coloring book
distributed internationally by the artist
Studio work includes paintings and drawings
showing and selling artwork via Etsy and eBay
Dayjob: Graphics Consultant for Legal Services Firm, Full-time Dad
2010 Brooklyn, NYC
>"State of the Union" - Poster commission, Paper Spaceship, NYC
Studio work includes paintings and drawings
Various group shows, NYC
showing and selling artwork via Etsy and eBay
Dayjob: Graphics Consultant for Legal Services Firm, Full-time Dad
2011 Brooklyn, NYC
Studio work includes approximately 50 paintings and drawings
>30 artworks sold into private collections via Etsy and eBay
Various group shows, NYC
Dayjob: Full-time Dad
2012 Brooklyn, NYC
Studio work includes approximately 100 paintings and drawings
>95 artworks sold into private collections via Etsy and eBay
Dayjob: Full-time Dad
2013 Brooklyn, NYC
>"Flying Fox" - painting commission
Studio work includes approximately 100 paintings and drawings
>97 artworks sold into private collections via Etsy and eBay
>Juxtapoz Magazine, featured artist
Dayjob: Full-time Dad

Complete list of gallery shows:

"The Blacklight Lounge"
Secret Project Robot
210 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Group show, June 2011

"Painters X10"
Theatre For The New City
155 First Avenue, New York, NY
Group show, February 2011

"In Rivers"
In Rivers Gallery
165 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Group show, December 2010

"Tin Foil Hat"
CCCP Gallery
38 Marcy Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Group show, November 2010

"Pants Avengers Loft Show"
Tribeca, New York City
Group show, Spring 2006

"Big Art Show"
Sputnik, Brooklyn, NY
Group show, May 2006

"New Drawings by Michael J Bowman"
Solo Exhibit , Sputnik Gallery
262 Taaffe Pl, Brooklyn, NY
December 2005

Big Art Show
78 Kingsland Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Group show, April 2005

"Michael J. Bowman"
Solo Exhibit, Dollhaus Gallery
37 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY
February 2005

Rubulad Party Space
Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Group Show, January, 2005

"The Magazine Show"
Dollhaus Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Group Show, December 2004

"Dollhouses in the Dollhaus"
Dollhaus Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Group show, June 2004

Live electronic drawing performances
Pianos, NYC and Remote Lounge, NYC
Summer 2004

"Tag Team"
The TANK
432 W 42nd Street, NYC, NY
Group show, July 2004

"The Print Show"
Gallery 402, 19 Hudson Street, NYC
Group Show, June 2004

Sun Factory, Soho, NYC
Group show, December, 2002

"PROOF OF THE EXISTENCE OF GOD"
Serial work distributed via Art-O-Mat
Whitney Museum, NYC
SECCA, Winston-Salem, NC
Various other venues throughout U.S.A.
2001-2003

"Salon 92"
Tribeca 148 Gallery, NYC
Group show, December 1992

"4th Annual Computer Art Show"
Pratt Institute, NYC
Group show , June-August 1992

"The Cat's Head"
warehouse art event
Williamsburg, Brooklyn 1990, 1991

"The Lizard's Tail"
99 South 6th Street, Brooklyn, NYC
Painting commission, 1989

"Transforming The Narrative"
Ariel Gallery
470 Broome Street, NYC
Group show , October 1988

"New Images in American Art"
The Exhibition Space Gallery
112 Greene Street, NYC
Group show , January, 1988

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1990
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October - Review
AUTOreverse (USA)
Review
1996
Alternative Press (USA)
March - Review
1997
Taped Crusaders (Australia)
Review
Splendid (www.splendidezine.com)
March - Review
Babysue (USA)
July - Review
AUTOreverse (USA)
July - Review
Rocktober (USA)
October - Review
Tape Op (USA)
Winter - Review
Intergalactic Zoo Dossier (Chicago, IL)
November - Review
1998
Babysue (USA)
January - Review
Factsheet Five (USA)
January - Review
Demouniverse (www.demouniverse.com)
February - Review
April - Interview
November - Review
AUTOreverse (USA)
July - Review
Pallid Pilgrim (Seattle, WA)
December - Review
1999
QRD (USA)
Review
Original Sin (Belgium)
Review
Backwash (Hoboken, NJ)
Review
Speeder (U.K.)
April - Review
Turk's Head Review (www.turksheadreview.com)
May - Review
June - Review
hEARd (heard.com.au)
June - Review
Shouting At The Postman (Newtown, PA)
June - Review
AUTOreverse (USA)
July - Review
Aural Innovations (USA)
July - Review
Neo Barbaric (Ashville, PA)
September - Review
Scorpion (Washington, DC)
Review
Tape Op
Fall - Review
Doll (Japan)
Review
Pallid Pilgrim (Seattle, WA)
December - Review
2000
Splendid (www.splendidezine.com)
March - Review
July - Review
September - Review
Shouting At The Postman (Newtown, PA)
August - Review
2001
Shouting At The Postman (Newtown, PA)
March - Review
Tape Op
March - Review
MP3.COM
August - song "Joe" #2 on Indie Pop/Lofi charts
August - song "Suck My Clouds" on Classic Rock charts
Delusion of Adequacy (www.adequacy.net)
September - Review
Aural Innovations (www.auralinnovations.com)
September - Review
Splendid (www.splendidezine.com)
November - Review
Double Dare Press (www.doubledarepress.com)
December - Featured Artist
2002
Losing Today (www.losingtoday.com)
January - Review
2003
Taped Crusaders - review
AUTOreverse - review
Gloomytunes - review
Demouniverse - review
2005
New York Daily News - February - review
Time Out NY - February - review
The L Magazine - February - review
2006
Arthur Magazine - review
Dusted - review
Wonderful Wooden Reasons - review
Village Voice - Pazz and Jop Poll
WFMU - 2006 "Best Of" list
2007
Razorcake - review
Indieville - review
2009
Babysue Review - review
Roctober - review
Vuzh Music Blog - review
Ptolemaic Terrascope - review
Homemade Lo-Fi Psych Blog - feature
2010
Don Campau's "Living Archive" - feature
2012
Zine World #31 - review
2013
Juxtapoz Magazine, March 2013 "The Color Fusions of Michael J. Bowman"

Complete list of rock music and audio art collaborations:
1980 Synaesthtics - Wilmington, DE
1980-1981 Serious Journalism - Syracuse, NY
1982-1984 Choosy Mothers and Throbbing Pubus - Syracuse, NY
1985 The Sprockets - NYC - live performances
1985 The Astorians - NYC
1986-1989 The Hungry Dutchmen - NYC
1987 Sickdog - NYC
1989-2009 MJB-90, Cloud, Velveeta Heartbreak, Magik Plastique
1998-2009:
Chop Suey (various artists cassette)
"Pillows of Air" with Zan Hoffman
"Egg-o-matic" with Scott Carr
"Insect Darts" with Mark Garro
"F13" with KD Schmitz
Junkbunny (Alec Cumming, Joel and Alex Bachrach)
"Sinecure" with Don Campau
"Mr. Mystery" with Ray Carmen, Don Campau, Ken Clinger
Droneforest (Ian Stewart, C Reider, David Stafford)
John T. Baker (recordings)
Paul Braus (recordings and live performances)
Dave Stafford (recordings)
Jason Trachtenburg (recordings and live performances)
Billy Syndrome (recordings and live performances)
Joel Bachrach (recordings)
The Brian Wilson Shock Treatment (recordings and live performances)
The JFK Junior Royal Airforce (recordings and live performances)
"Stars and Butter" with Orietta Chiusamonti
Exeter Popes (recordings and live performances)
The Tapegerm collective (various artists, recordings)
Ken Clinger (recordings)