| Ultimately I will post here a collection of all the numerous
press releases and newspaper articles about me.|
At the moment I don't have anybody to do the dirty work of scanning
and typing it all in.
In the meantime I will post the only thing I had
already digitized :
An Article About Me In Malaya Newspaper
By SANDRA DIEZ
My whole life is art because every
thing I do, I do consciously, thus
says Andy Maluche. He adds that life should be loads of fun as well.
This Pinoy born in Germany has been roaming around Asia for the last 18 years, 10 of which he spent immersed in the comforts of the real world, in some kind of hiatus from the art world.
But in 2002, Andy again resumed work as a full time artist. He mounted nine solo shows in Hong Kong, San Francisco and Manila. He also writes and takes photographs for several local and international magazines and newspapers.
Starting tomorrow until May 16, Andy pays witty homage to the multiplicity of art and its conveyors in"Polycreationists," his first solo exhibition at Mag:net Gallery Paseo de Roxas, Makatifrom. The show is curated by conceptual artist Nilo Ilarde.
Andy considers himself a "poly creationist" which he says is basically a fancier term for multi-media artist. To express his thoughts, he does ink drawings, sculpture, large-scale acrylic paintings and photography.
In "Polycreationists", Andy celebrates the multiplicity of contemporary individuals and media through an entire collage wall of large-scale colored photographs. The gallery's white-washed walls are populated with an array of approximately 20 photographs (the largest of which measures 6 x 4 feet) representing various "polycreationists" captured by his lens during his travels from San Francisco to Hong Kong and Manila. This celebration of individual creative energies is seen in the way Any frames his subjects: centered, vivid, constantly in flux. This choice of mode and subjects can also be traced to the fact that he is also currently preoccupied as a lifestyle/fashion photographer, producing regular articles, photo-columns and images for local and international magazines and newspapers. Such a position enables him to "explore the similarities and conflicts" prevailing in the borders of art and fashion.
Maluche, however, adds his own dose of meaning to the concept of "polycreationists", also using it to refer to the fact that he himself utilizes "a lot of different media to express his thoughts", such as ink drawings, sculpture, large-scale acrylic paintings And photography. He also uses the term to allude to the fact that he distributes these individual artworks and spurts of creativity using various contemporary channels, such as the world-wide accessibility of the internet and the no-holds-barred genre of independent publishing. Thus, while the entire collage installation becomes a room-sized representation of others, Maluche also adds a tangential reference to polycreationism as part of his identity in a self-portrait hung in the central display area of the gallery.
Andy's first solo exhibition of paintings in 1988, entitled "Ome", was sponsored by the Geothe Institute at the Heritage Art Center in Manila, followed by two simultaneous shows in 1991 at the Brix Gallery entitled "Face Value" and "The House of the Reincarnated Swan".
Also available for viewing is his self-produced magazine and online exhibition entitled in his website : "The Aggressively Shy Stick Insect Hunter" (http://dont-touch-my.com)
Andy Maluches art in diverse media from sculpture,
painting, cartoon, photography, writing, design, cyberspace and
perhaps, masturbation --- speak of a colorful world that addresses
social issues in a language that is accessible to everyone: humor.
His forms are usually bold, rounded, bright and cheerful creatures
(not unlike their creator Andy, who is also bold, rounded,
bright and cheerful ) seen in theatrical poses amidst common everyday
His art-in-progress, daily images on the web, reflections of his
various artistic concerns, editorializes and philosophizes life
seen from the mind of a humorist. Maluche is one of a number of
contemporary artists who use humor to convey ideas about the world
and the human condition that may fall under the artistic idiom of
Social Realism, a figurative representation of issues relating to
the common people and to social concerns.
Like its predecessors -- public art such as murals, these works
address the public rather than the art world elite. It is accessible
like the street this time we simply click on the computer.
Andy u r the ultimate artist. u don't only create stuff. u create
great momentum, moments which r absolutely un4getable. thanks.
( Sophie Rodriguez )
I think you're full of SHIT, and I've been dying to tell you that
for some time now, but I haven't found the right moment till now.
( Richard Dickstock Jones )
I must say, you are one strange, demented individual. And I mean
that in the best possible way. :-)
Obviously, you have no hang-ups whatsoever about acting your age;
in fact, immaturity may be your best asset. Go for it -- there are
far too many adults in this world!
( Katrina Lagman )
I went to your web site also.
I read and looked for about 10 minutes then I got bored and moved
( Robert Clark )
i.. CAN .'T .,, TYPE ANY MMORE....OH MY STOMACH HURTSS...
Thank you soo much!
( Fucko )
You're really wacky!!
( Waling Waling G. Ebro )
Andy, you got to stop this
IT IS TOO FUNNY!!
I nearly shit myself
( Gorden Cohen )
U made my day. As if I was reading these stupid gary larson's humour
Im really disturb of that weird swan thing.
( Ricky Sison )
I don't think you're going crazy.
I think you need to go to an AA meeting asap heh heh
( Ramon Zialcita )
Been looking at your work more carefully and I must confess. .
I LOVE IT!!! I am usually not so complimentary. The photos are very
distinctive and full of energy.
Your paintings are also wonderful, so playful.
( Tsi Wang )
I greet and bow to thee, grand MASTER of creative party/concert
( Lamma Gung )
Your artworks tell you're such a happy person and you still have
such child at heart.
( Amber Wong )
It's an honor, however dubious, to be linked from your site. I've
been perplexed about how to tap into the high-quality demographic
of walking stick afficionados, and this is indeed an answer to my
( Tom from radioio.com 70s )
Great! This is the ultimate ---
why hint at greatness if you can give it to them in a blow?
( Rachel Mayo )
Auf dieser WebSite ist ausschliesslich dummes Zeug zu finden. Einfach
genial. Besser gehts nicht. Ein echtes Meisterwerk an Spass, Spannung
und auch Abenteuer, besser geht´s nicht.
( Christian Highpressure Zoller )
Art is solemn and grand, lofty and grave... well, not quite. The
works of Andee Maluche will see to that. In this show of paintings
and sculptures (among others), German-born Maluche injects lightness,
humor and spunk into an unorthodox art practice that dwells side-by-side
contemporary life. An erstwhile pop star, model, entrepreneur, graphic
artist, the prolific artist Maluche turns jokes and wisecracks onto
canvas and marble, giving traditional media another dimension of
Maluche's pieces poke fun on the antics of ego, manic obsession,
annoyance, sunshine-happiness, mid-life crisis, transsexuality -
virtually a list of all the things we encounter at the enlightening
impulse of the first empty beer can, that is, every day neuroses.
By giving these things acknowledgement in art, the artist brings
their existence to a closer inspection, or yet move the viewer to
dunk another beer can.
If things are still unclear, check the artist's mag, The Shy Stick
(Tony Leaño of Pinto Art Gallery)
The (Shy) Stick Insect Hunter
Art as Magazine
It is obnoxious, self-centered, self-confident, self-indulgent,
self-satisfactory, self-seeking, dirty and shameless. Its
all about the magnificent Self of an artist out to get attention
in a loud and amusing way.
Andreas Maluche, better known as Andy Maluche has invested his
genius and money to indulge in one of the most ambitious self-promotion
ever launched by someone out to get clients. It is about Maluche
and by Maluche.
Born and art educated in Munich, Germany, Andy Maluche, now 40,
has been living and working in the Philippines since 1987. He has
had numerous art exhibitions here of paintings and sculpture better
known for their wit and humor.
The magazine called, "The (Shy) Stick Insect Hunter, the website
you can bring to the bathroom" is actually a large format magazine
(about 12" X 18") of 40 pages that showcases all of the
artists indulgences including art: painting, printmaking,
sculpture, pottery, photography, writing fiction, travel and humor,
and cartooning --- mostly laced with bathroom humor and obsessively
absorbed with masturbation, not to mention sex, drugs and rock n
roll. It is actually an offshoot from his existing website (http/dont-touch-my.com)
so that others, who have no access to the internet can have the
pleasure or displeasure of finding out who this wacko is.
The cover is a grinning Maluche with a blown-up condom over his
head. On the inside front cover is a naked butt of Maluche facing
his bathroom mirror and at the back cover is a passed out Maluche,
a beer in hand and piss all over his shorts with a gold-plated inscription
below that says: "Complete submission, absolute devotion and
limitless admiration, can only be accepted during worship hours"
This page also contains comments by friends and strangers who have
seen Maluches work on the internet. Anyone who sees the magazine
have a thing or two to say about it, positive or otherwise. Comments
are varied and a lot of local artists find Maluches self-indulgent
excesses too outright egoistic for their taste.
But one thing for sure, one cannot ignore this loud and bold endeavor.
The magazine however is the artists way of using the print
medium as another outlet for his art. Aside from it serving as a
portfolio (where a brief and funny biodata is printed on the inside
back cover), the magazine is actually a social realist comment on
the values of post modern life using the technique of humor. It
may also be considered a kind of interactive art that seeks to challenge
peoples sense of inhibition which often elicit in them a strong
reaction. In the words of the artist: "I, Andy Maluche, thereby
declare that hence and hither, everything I do shall be considered
The ability to produce humor requires extraordinary sensitivity
to human nature. Maluche is a keen observer of human behavior and
a veritable seeker of knowledge. During his rounds of bars and happenings,
the artist is often seen with a digital camera and a pencil, recording
faces and laughter, comments, observations and ideas that he finds
pertinent to his own wit and humor. From these vast storehouse of
data, he is able to produce art, philosophy and social commentaries,
all in the style of a humorist.
The magazine, The (Shy) Stick Insect Hunter contains a number of
subject matters that reflect the artists many concerns and
interests. He pokes fun at cults such as in, "Kackeverdrucken"
where a self-styled high priest guides followers on how to achieve
the high pressure of inhibiting ones fart. Or a parody on
artists, "The 14 Commandments of How to Become an Artist",
depicting the many ways artists often resort to in order to gain
fame without having to work on their art, or the shortcut to artistic
There is also the serious side to the artist such as his gallery
of travel photos and the "Mummies", a series of prints
and drawings showing horizontal lines that produces volume and mass
to depict the human form in various poses.
Another showcase of the artists visual artistry are his figurative
paintings called, Ome. Colorful and expressive, the paintings depict
a balloon-like figure wrapped in various twisted posesİactually
created in the combination of cartooning and abstract expressionism.
Humor is a form of entertainment and a form of human communication
intended to make people laugh and feel happy.
It often relies on a context, and someone not understanding the
context will usually not understand the humor. In Maluches
work, he has applied various forms of humor such as irony, the play
of words such as puns, one-liners or wit, ridiculous gestures bordering
on the slapstick, self-inflicted embarrassing situations, and other
techniques that often make commentaries on ideas, art, philosophy
and human frailty.
Often humor elicits a "physiological" response to its
The goal is to get the audience to react through their instincts
and emotions. The use of humor in art can be traced to the Renaissance
The quality of Maluches art is its ability to combine the
serious and the mundane, the ability to make fun of human frailty,
Maluches endeavor has been considered controversial in terms
of respect for what he has produced. Some see the art, others only
find the ego bursting with enthusiasm. No matter how you may feel
about The (Shy) Stick Insect Hunter, one thing is for sure, that
trip to the bathroom would be truly worth it, if you have a copy.
* * *
( Rachel Mayo - The Manila Times - August 1, 2004 )
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