Bise Breaks it Down

The old adage about suffering for your art means surviving hell, then making the experience palpable for others. Michael Bise has unfortunately been there. His autobiographical drawings are sometimes so vivid they hurt, detailing a childhood full of family conflict and a life spent dealing with a congenital heart condition that required a heart transplant last year. But just delving into the specifics of Bise’s life and focusing on the suffering overlooks how elements of the mundane in his work — like the collection of encyclopedias on the bookcase that frame an adolescent tryst or a Styrofoam cup at a hospital bedside — drive home the universality of personal shitstorms. Bise will be at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave., to discuss his exhibition Life and Death from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. The event is free and open to the public. Visit
Wed., April 10, 2013

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