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Michael Litzau
updated: 03/14/2013
website: michaellitzau.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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To those on injured reserve...we will miss you
Detail: To those on injured reserve...we will miss you
Brandon Jennings, All our hopes, All our dreams, are riding on you
Detail:  Brandon Jennings, All our hopes, All our dreams, are riding on you
The Shot
Pick and Roll
Detail:  Pick and Roll
Slam Dunk
It sucks you had to go out like this...
D-Fence
Upset
My fantasy football team
Can't catch a break
In Dedication to Nick Perry
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  collage, craft, figurative, obsessive, text, systems, geometric, pattern, process, repetition
 
 
To those on injured reserve...we will miss you by Michael Litzau
To those on injured reserve...we will miss you
Graphite, hand cut scrapbook paper
2011
24" x  108"  x 1" 
Detail: To those on injured reserve...we will miss you by Michael Litzau
Detail: To those on injured reserve...we will miss you
Graphite, hand cut scrapbook paper
2011
24" x  108"  x 1" 
Brandon Jennings, All our hopes, All our dreams, are riding on you by Michael Litzau
Brandon Jennings, All our hopes, All our dreams, are riding on you
Hand cut scrapbook paper, graphite
2010
96 " x  96 "  x 1 " 
Detail:  Brandon Jennings, All our hopes, All our dreams, are riding on you by Michael Litzau
Detail: Brandon Jennings, All our hopes, All our dreams, are riding on you
Hand cut scrapbook paper, graphite
2010
96" x  96"  x 1" 
The Shot by Michael Litzau
The Shot
Hand cut scrapbook paper, graphite
2009
12" x  12"  x 1/4" 
Pick and Roll by Michael Litzau
Pick and Roll
Hand cut scrapbook paper, graphite
2009
12" x  12"  x 2" 
Detail:  Pick and Roll by Michael Litzau
Detail: Pick and Roll
Hand cut scrapbook paper, graphite
2009
12" x  12"  x 2" 
Slam Dunk by Michael Litzau
Slam Dunk
Hand cut scrapbook paper, graphite
2009
12" x  12"  x 1" 
It sucks you had to go out like this... by Michael Litzau
It sucks you had to go out like this...
Hand cut scrapbook paper, graphite
2010
12" x  12"  x 1" 
D-Fence by Michael Litzau
D-Fence
Hand cut scrapbook paper, graphite, photocopy
2010
12" x  12"  x 1" 
Upset by Michael Litzau
Upset
Hand cut scrapbook paper, graphite
2009
12" x  8.5"  x 2" 
My fantasy football team by Michael Litzau
My fantasy football team
Graphite
2009
22" x  30" 
Can't catch a break by Michael Litzau
Can't catch a break
Hand cut scrapbook paper, graphite
2010
30" x  22" 
In Dedication to Nick Perry by Michael Litzau
In Dedication to Nick Perry
Hand cut copper
2013
12" x  12"  x 1" 

Artist Statement
 

    My artwork uses sports as a vehicle to investigate and celebrate issues of fandom, ritual, and fantasy.  I have grown up being a fan of football and avidly follow the Green Bay Packers. Throughout the football season I am enamored with the competition, the will to succeed, the drama, but above all else the overwhelming sense of community that being a fan of football affords. With fellow Packers fans I can talk about how our players are doing, with rival fans I can joke about who’s better, and with everyone there is a debate on how the season is going. My artwork utilizes group thoughts as well as my own individual opinions about how the Packer season is going.  Through quotes and imagery my artwork addresses what it is to be a fan. 

    Through fantasy football I become a general manager of a team.  I can draft, cut, and pick players up through waivers.  Football information is available 24/7 and new headlines about the season constantly appear to be read immediately.  As an outsider looking in I live vicariously through these players. 

    Ritual is described as an established or prescribed procedure for a religious or other rite.  In my life and artistic practice ritual has become an important factor.  On football Sundays I wear a specific shirt, sit in my specific seat, and do not eat anything during the game.  These common activities are transformed to a higher importance, through ritual, to acts that help the Packers win.  In my artistic practice I have embraced the technique of meticulously hand cutting scrapbook paper.  By spending countless obsessive hours on attention to detail I elevate my subject matter from a mere image to an iconic level.

Artist Bio / CV

    Michael is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and moved to Columbus, Ohio in 2000.  While there he obtained his BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design in 2004 and his MFA from Ohio State University.  He is now an Assistant professor of Drawing at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Ok. 
    Michael has shown his work extensively throughout the midwest and nationally.

    Michael is also an avid follower of the National Football League team the Green Bay Packers.  His work recently has begun to investigate his relationship to the team as a fan, follower, and participant in their quest for the super bowl and perfection.

    His artwork and cv can be viewed at michaellitzau.com