MIKE ESTABROOK

Mike Estabrook is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Estabrook’s work spans the gap between the imaginative and the political, and makes use of a wide range of media including drawing, painting, animation and video.   He frequently collaborates with other artists, being one half of the drawing duo “The Shining Mantis”, as well as a founding member of the multi-faceted creative collective *artcodex*. His work has been exhibited at number of galleries in New York and abroad, including PPOW Fine Arts, ABC No Rio, PS1/MOMA, The Queens Museum, The Bronx Museum, Arario Gallery, Esso Gallery, and several other galleries and non-profit spaces in New York and abroad. He and his work have been cited in many blogs and publications, including G-train salon, 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 resident in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace program, in 2009 was a resident in the Rotating Studio Program at the Artist’s Alliance, in 2010 did a residency in NY Arts Beijing, and just completed a residency in LMCC’s swing space on Governors Island, in the New York harbor. He received his MFA from Queens College in 2005.
The Teddy Bear Market Uprising- a revolution squared

This work is part information gathering, part interactive drawing. The information gathering part will involve me gleaning information from willing participants about their social class- poor, working class, middle class, upper class.

I will also present them with an image of “The Teddy Bear Market Uprising” a cute teddy bear character with marxist symbols and an AK 47.  I will then ask these folks if they support or oppose what this character represents.
This information will be used in the drawing.  A series of soldiers will have been previously drawn on 4 different colored paper.  Red-working class, blue-upper class, yellow- poor, and green – executive class, and pink -middle class.  The drawing will begin with a single large drawing of the Teddy Bear Market Uprising, facing right from the left side of a large wall.  Based on the results I get from the survey, I will tack the corresponding colored soldiers either facing the Teddy in opposition from the right side of the wall, or standing in solidarity with it on the left.

detail, Teddy Bear Market Uprising