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Postcards

Here are some of the postcards that have been used to promote Michael Alm's shows over the years.

Historic Restraints

Each piece in this series holds the body of a participant in a position that mimics the structure of a classical sculpture. There are currently two pieces in this series, The Pieta, designed after Michelangelo's famous marble sculpture in St. Peter's Basilica, and Contrapposto, derived from the classical Greek pose.

Assume Your Sin

Seven steel armatures were constructed and installed in a St. Louis plaza. Each structure represented the posture assumed when in the emotional state of one of the seven deadly sins. The pieces, however, were only complete when a willing participant pressed his/her body into the armature and allowed it to contort him/her into the sin's gesture. 

This series was commissioned by the Commission for Arts and Letters for the City of University City, Saint Louis in February of 2005 and completed by May of the same year.

Urban Plight

Alm took a group of thirty-inch tall ceramic birds on the road and photographed them in urban settings from the train yards of Kansas City to the highways of southern Texas. While on the road Alm began writing short narratives about their habitat, conservation efforts for them, the people who study them, their biological makeup, etc. This culminated into a twelve-page faux National Geographic article, which he printed and inserted into the November issue of the publication. After fifteen copies were produced, they were distributed to doctors' offices nation wide.

Eye Candy

Installed in a window front of a Saint Louis bookstore, Eye Candy was a narrative based installation that evolved over the course of two weeks. The elements used were a group of hand made ceramic birds and a cast fruit hung from the ceiling. Every evening before closing Alm adjusted the installation, adding, removing, and altering elements. As the days strung together a storyline unfolded. This encouraged viewers to come back daily to see how the piece had developed.

Animal Retentive: The Findings of Dr. Filbert S. Montauk

Dr. Filbert S. Montauk of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has returned from a six year wilderness trip into some of the least hospitable lands in the world. The purpose of this trip was to discover unrecorded pockets of biodiversity. Many thought he perished years ago; instead he has returned claiming to have found a lost valley hidden deep within the Burmese Jungle. He refuses to take anyone to his discovery; instead, he has brought back journals and specimens. The zoological community has had a mixed reception to Dr. Montauk's findings. Scientists are insulted by his lack of cooperation, and many are suggesting foul play. Nevertheless, the doctor refuses to reveal the exact location of the valley in order to protect it from human intervention. 

Montauk's journals and specimens are slowly being released to the public. He is meticulously editing his findings in order to prevent others from deciphering clues about the location of his lost paradise.