Mike Perry Studio


Who am I?


Mike Perry is an artist, animator, creative director, brand consultant, poet, and designer. His work encompasses paintings, drawings, sculptures, art installations, books, murals, all of which are made to conjure that feeling of soul-soaring you have when you stare into distant galaxies on a dark night, when you go on long journeys into the imagination, when you laugh and can’t stop laughing. Key to Mike’s working method is the recognition that art and objects, go through many iterations—discoveries, coverings, uncoverings—until they’re finished; people do the same until they are fully revealed. He likes to cultivate collectives of celebration, exhibition, and revelation. 

In recent years, Mike has completed a series of animation projects including the acclaimed show openers for the Comedy Central program Broad City, now in its third season; advertising for Coca-Cola, Oreo, and the Canadian cellphone company Koodo; as well as shorts for clients ranging from Herman Miller to GQ and RayBan. He continues to create new animation work and is developing a comedic series.  

Mike’s projects extend from informal journal drawings to elaborate productions realized by him and the studio’s Director of Craft J Bell, who is responsible for making the installations, sculptures, and other built projects the studio produces. The two work together and in larger collectives. In addition to the studio’s continual output, Mike has led a series of ongoing art initiatives: for five years, he’s organized "Nudes," a 12-hour marathon during which people get naked and a group of artists draw them nude. Four have been held in New York City, and one in London.

For the 2012 show “Wondering Around Wandering”—a pop-up project launched in conjunction with the eponymous monograph published by Rizzoli—Mike raised $31,560 on Kickstarter to build a gallery and performance space for art, dance, theater, and music that was a creative playground for the local Crown Heights community.  

The monograph Wondering Around Wandering—gathering art that Mike has made over the years—is an anthology that is at turns humorous, mystical, poetic, warm, sexy, charming, serene. Within its pages are watercolor sunsets at the edge of space-time juxtaposed with houses on doughnuts floating in whiteness—not to mention three-dimensional letters and other sculptures, like a log leaking a galaxy. Here as elsewhere, Mike integrates our yearnings and archetypes into an aesthetic world that is sometimes evocative of a gouached big bang, and at other times collaged portraits of daydream reveries. These fields of color and pattern are doorways to alternative universes that represent your own possibility better than anything you can see. He seeks to remind us to delight when witnessing this ecstatic cosmos. He has fun doing this, and he wants you to have fun doing it, too. 


With his work, he wants to remind you of your exquisite magnificence. He seeks to create planetariums of inner space and imagination. He wants you to recognize our poetic interdependence.

Companies have commissioned Mike Perry Studio to make custom art installations featuring Mike’s vibrantly visual meditations on the universe, fantasy, funny situations, and life itself.  The extensive wraparound wall mural for Facebook’s New York City offices (2015) and the outdoor wall art for a Chipotle restaurant in La Brea, Los Angeles (2013) are two such enterprises.  For Duvel, Studio Perry built a wood and LED-lightbox sculpture writ with cutout squiggles.  

The studio has also completed several public art initiatives. In the summer of 2015, Mike and J led the Pacific Park mural project, enlisting a collective of nine artists to create massive paintings along a 1,080 x 16-foot expanse of fencing in Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards neighborhood. Elsewhere, his Crown Heights collage, installed throughout 2015, paid homage to the neighborhood where he works. 

Mike is creative director of the magazine Tidal, a forum for culture, art, fashion, photography, and music; the pages are defined by their lush, sexy photography, intimate portraits, and splashes of design artistry and joie de vivre

Mike’s book My Mother Caught Me Doodling (2015) is a gorgeously sensual, exquisitely printed celebration of the female nude. With its extensive variety of painting and drawing styles, visual jokes, and fantastic scenarios, the book is erotic, amusing, intoxicating, and, in some of its collages, haunting. 

Mike has authored several additional books. Pulled: A Catalog of Screen Printing (2011) is an anthology of contemporary silk-screening. Over and Over: A Catalog of Hand-Drawn Patterns (2008) explores the nuances, texture, and elegance of illustrative patterns. Princeton Architectural Press published his first book, Hand Job (2006), an homage to the beauty of hand-drawn type that Mike completed just a few years after finishing school. Past commissioned illustrations have appeared in publications such as PlayboyThe New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal

Mike is currently working on new animation projects, a TV series, branding projects, an exhibition, and a forthcoming book. 

Most days, Mike is engaged in stream-of-consciousness visual narration at his Brooklyn studio. There’s a folder for each project and most are spilling onto the walls and screens. He uses his pen, inks, paints, pencil, collage, structure, shape, paper, and software as moment-to-moment investigations into the future becoming the present—limning the to be that is past. 

Mike is intrigued by spiraling galaxies of mind and thought, by questions like, “What is your unique history of Infinity?” In his notebook are sketches of things to come and the evolving master blueprint of Perryland. He is continually exercising his faith in the transformative power of making things. His work can be considered love notes to the abstract, unknowable future that is all possibility in the present. He invites you to join him on this curious journey to discover more of the unknown. He is grateful that you are here.




Books Published:

Curios / Blurb 2016
My Mother Caught Me Doodling / Author / Mike Perry Studio 2015
Wandering Around Wondering / Author / Rizzolli NY 2012
A Coloring book by Mike Perry and You / Author / Chronicle Books 2012
Type: Wall Decals / Author / Chronicle Books 2012
Unlimited Editions / Author / Chronicle Books 2012
I Heart Everything / Author / Chronicle Books 2011
Pulled: A Catalog of Screen Prints / Author / Princeton Architectural Press 2011
Iron Me On / Author / Chronicle Books 2009
Over & Over: A Catalog of Hand-Drawn Patterns / Author / Princeton Architectural Press 2008
Hand Job: A Catalog of Hand-Drawn Type / Author / Princeton Architectural Press 2007


exterior cummunication:

Keynote Speaker, Made in the Middle, Kansas City, MO COMING SOON - Saturday, October 22, 2016
Keynote Speaker, Like Minds, Beacon NY, 2016
Putting Holes in Clean White Walls at the Monolog Theater, NY, NY 2016
Art of the Title, PROMAX NY, NY 2016
Off-Set Dublin, 2014
MICA Guest Lecturer 2014
Future of Story Telling NYC 2013
YCN Soho House NYC 2013
Moleskin Salon Brooklyn, November 2012
AIGA/NY Fresh Dialogue 27: Design Dualities 2011
AIGA Chicago, August 2010
Target Corporation Minneapolis MN, August 2010
How Design Conference Denver CO, June 2010
Design Kids: Design a Zine, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum 2010
Yale University, 2010
University of Flordia, Ligature 2008
MICA, Graduate Weekend Workshop, Fall 2008
MICA, Graduate Weekend Workshop, Spring 2008
MCAD, 2008
AIGA Philadelphia, 2008


Teaching:

Visiting Professor, Parsons at the New School / 2010 - 2012
Visiting Professor, University of the Arts / Winter 2009
Adjunct Faculty, MICA / 2008
Adjunct Faculty, MCAD / 2004


Press:

Vice: The Creators Project - ‘Inside the Mind of Mike Perry,’ an Animated Studio Visit
Fastcodesign - The Fluorescent World Of Mike Perry, Artist Behind The Opening Credits Of “Broad City March 9, 2016
Vice: The Creators Project - What Happens When You’re Naked in a Room Full of Artists? Janurary 27, 2016
Huffington Post - Meet Mike Perry, The Artist Behind Those Trippy ‘Broad City’ Graphics, Aug 28, 2015
Wall Paper - Wall space: Brooklyn artists think big with Mike Perry-led mural project Aug 17, 2015
Brooklyn Magazine - Mike Perry about How He and Nine Other Artists Will Transform Dean Street, Aug 10, 2015
The Great Discontent - An Interview with Mike Perry by Tina Essmaker, June 30, 2015
The View Magazine - Interview with Visual Multi- Talent Mike Perry, June 9, 2015
Hopes & Fears - Broad City Illustrator Mike Perry wants to Live Forever, May 28th, 2015
Vice: The Creators Project -Meet the Artist Behind Broad City’s Awesome Animated Intros, March 12, 2015
Its Nice That - We snoop around Mike Perry’s studio for the new Printed Pages, September 17, 2014
DNA Info - ‘Broad City’ Illustrator Paints Huge Yellow Mural Celebrating Crown Heights, July 9, 2014
Its Nice That - Mike Perry’s kaleidoscopic images are popping up all over the place, May 8, 2014
Art of the Title 2014
Wall Paper Style File Atelier - 2013
Refinery 29 - Meet Crown Heights’ Artist In Residence, Aug 6, 2013
RedBubble Blog - An Interview with Mike Perry, July 26, 2013
CMOG - Glass Lab, July 2012
Zing Magazine / July 2012
Grain Edit - Mike Perry Interview, April 13, 2010
Dwell March 29, 2010

PRINT:

art DAS KUNSTMAGAZIN / Planet Brooklyn, 2016
Plus Eighty One / Featured Artist August 2013
FLJ / Freatured Artist September 2011
Grafik / Featured Artist 2011
Hardcore / Featured Artist February 2011
Elle Girl Korea / Featured Artist October 2010
Nylon Korea / Featured Artist Janurary 2010
Page One / Featured Artist February 2010
Print / Freatured Artist August 2010
ReadyMade / Studio Visit 2010
Tokion / Featured Artist May 2010
Elephant / Featured Artist Winter 2009
Illustration Japan / Freatured Artist November 2009
Varoom / Featured Artist 2009
Arkitip / Featured Artist 2008
Block / Featured Artist 2008
Design*Sponge & The New York Public Library / Design by the Book Featured Artist 2008
Feasthetic / Cover and Feature 2008
Grafik/ A to Z of Illustration / Cover and Feature 2008
Reload / Featured Artist 2008
Arkitip / Featured Artist 2007
Brooklyn Industry / Featured Artist 2007
IDN / Featured Artist May 2007
Territory, No. 3 / Power Houses of Design
STEP magazine / January–February 2004 / Top 25 young designers under the age of 35


Published / Featured Books:

Art for Obama by Shepard Fairey and Jennifer Gross
Beyond Architecture, Gestalten
Box The Evolution of Charater Design, Gingko Press
Cartoon Network 20th Birthday by Cartoon Network
Combining The Two Best Things In Life Art and Travel, Published by The Jaunt
Custom Kicks, Laurence King Publishing
Drawn In by Julia Rothman, Quarry Books
Fashion Source: Cutting-edge Patterns and Textures, Maomao Publications
For Love and Money by Liz Farrelly and Olivia Triggs, TK
Graphic Design: Now in Production Edited by Andrew Blauvelt, Ellen Lupton. Text by Ian Albinson, Rob Giampietro, Jeremy Leslie, Alexander Ulloa, Armin Vit. Contributions by Steven Heller, Peter Hall.
Graphic Design Solutions by R. Landa, 
Graphic Designology 300 Plus, Cite Publishing
Green Patriot Posters by Dmitri Siegal & Edward Morris
Hand Made, Wooden Toy Publishing Co. 
How to Hang a Picture by Jay Sacher and Suzanne LaGasa
Illustration Next by Ana Benaroya
Lemon Poppy Seeed, Gestalten
Made & Sold by FL@33
Most Wanted Volume Two, Published by IDN
Musikraphics, Victionary
Muscle Up, Published by Curvy World Media
Nice to Meet You, Victionary
Nuevas Techologias Aplicadas A La Moda by Jose Antonio Guerrero
Pretty Ugly, Published by Gestalten
Stickerbomb Letters, Laurence King Publishing
StRRRike Two, Published by Simple
The Exquisite Book by Julia Rothman, Jenny Volvovski, and Matt Lamothe
The Indie Rock Poster Book by Andy J. Miller and Yellow Bird Project
Type Addiction, Victionary
Typo Mag by Laura Meseguer
Typographics Play and Work, Published by BNN Inc.
Work / Life 2, Uppercase Publishing
Young Graphic Designers Americas, DAAB
3D Typography by Jeanette Abbink and Emily CM Anderson, Mark Batty Publishers
40 Days of Dating by Timothy Goodman and Jessica Walsh


Exhibitions:

Solo Exhibition - “Intoxicating Pollen Wiggling in a Moist Journey of Constantly Blooming Tides” / Garis & Hahn / New YorkUSA / April - May 2016
Curation - Pacific Park Arts / 10 Murals 1 Day / Brooklyn, NY 2015 - Present
Curation - #GetNudeGetDrawn / Nude 5 / Tictail POP-UP / New York, NY / Janurary 2016
Group Exhibition - Graphic Design: Now in Production Walker Art Center, Cooper- Hewitt, Hammer Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, RISD / Ocotober 2011 - August 2014Solo Exhibition - “My Mother Caught Me Doodling” / KK Outlet / London , England / November 2014
Curation: - #GetNudeGetDrawn / Nude 4 / Its Nice that POP-UP / London, EnglandNovember 2014
Curation: - #GetNudeGetDrawn / Nude 3 / Middle Gallery / Brooklyn, NY /March 2013
Curation: - #GetNudeGetDrawn / Nude 2 / Kinfolk POP-UP / Brooklyn, NY 2012
Curation: - #GetNudeGetDrawn / Nude 1 / Artypes / Brooklyn, NY Janurary 2011
Solo Exhibition - “Wondering around Wandering” / POP-UP Gallery / Brooklyn, NY September - December 2012
Solo Exhibition - “We are the infinity of Each Other” / B Gallery / Tokyo, Japan / June - July 2011
Solo Exhibition - “Color Shapes and Infinity” / Public Image 3D / Tokyo, Japan / June 2011
Solo Exhibition - “If this were a Dream I would be Laying Down” / Teshima Ryokan / Yamaguchi, Japan / January 2011
Solo Exhibition - “Lost in the Discover of What Shapes the Mind,” MACD Gallery / Minneapolis, MN / March 2010
Solo Exhibition - “Giant Zine,” Grass Hut / Portland, OR / June - April2009
Solo Exhibition - “The Landscape Between Time & Space,” DDB / London, England / September 2008
Solo Exhibition - “The Patterns Found in Space,” Giant Robot / New York, NY / March - April2009
Collabrative Exhibition - “Eat Me” Human Empire / Hamburg, Germany / November 2010
Collabrative Exhibition - “M&J A Pile of Drawings,” Super Superficial / London, England / July2008
Group Exhibition - “Strrrike 2 NYC” The Simple Space / New York, NY / December 2010
Group Exhibition - “Blister Blackout” MC. Motors / London, England / December 2010
Group Exhibition - “Simple Lines” The Simple Space / New York, NY / October 2010
Group Exhibition - “Public Works 2,” Andrew Rafacz Gallery Gallery / Chicago, IL / July 2010
Group Exhibition - “Whats the Big Idea,” Double Punch Gallery / San Fransisco, CA / July 2010
Group Exhibition - “This is the Book I have Written for You,” Park Life Gallery / San Fransisco, CA / June 2010
Group Exhibition - “Character Traits,” Trunk / Brooklyn, NY / February 2010
Group Exhibition - “20/10 Vision,” Gallery Hanahou, New York, NY / February 2010
Group Exhibition - “Browsing Copy” Usless Gallery / Suntec, Singapore / November 2009 - February 2010
Group Exhibition - “The Waiting Room,” The Waiting Room / Manchester, England / January 2009
Group Exhibition - “VIPP” DWR Tools for Living / New York, NY / November 2009
Group Exhibition - “Nesting Works” DWR Tools for Living / New York, NY / October 2009
Group Exhibition - “Art & Sole” El Kartel / Vancouver, B.C. Canada / October 2009
Group Exhibition - “A Small Number of Things” Giant Robot SF / San Francisco, CA / September 2009
Group Exhibition - “Contributors” Traveling / Canada / August 2009
Group Exhibition - “Sketchbook Obsessions” New York Times / New York, NY / July 2009
Group Exhibition - “Beneath the Surface” NEMO / Portland, OR / May 2009
Group Exhibition - “Amsterdam Loves New York 400 years,” Amsterdam, Holland / April 2009
Group Exhibition - “Inspired,” TinLark Gallery / Los Angles, CA / Janurary - Feburary2009
Group Exhibition - “Manifest Hope: DC,” / Washington D.C. / Janurary - Feburary2009
Group Exhibition - “Printed Matter IV” Giant Robot / San Francisco, CA / Janurary - Feburary2009
Group Exhibition - “The Joyful Bewilderment,” Rough Trade East / London, England / October 2009
Group Exhibition - “Off-Register,” Traveling Show / July - Janurary2008 - 2009
Group Exhibition - “Highmath”  / Berlin, Germany /  January 2008
Group Exhibition - “It’s Nice That” Traveling / London, England / December 2008
Group Exhibition - “Feeling It Out,” / Open Space/ Beacon, NY / July 2008
Group Exhibition - “Failure,” / Lab at Belmar / Denver, CO / May 2008
Group Exhibition - “Love Addict,” / Kubrick / Hong Kong, China / June 2008
Group Exhibition - “Post Wood” / Moster Children Gallery / Sydney, Australia / March 2008
Group Exhibition - “Human Empire,” / Human Empire / Hamberg, Germany / March 2007