M.A. Katcher (Michael Katcher) is a photographer. He is also one of the top talent agents in the business. Katcher was born in Brooklyn to a family of artists. He graduated from Emerson College in Boston with a BFA in Theatre. In 1989 he moved to Los Angeles where he first worked as a casting director, casting such television shows as The Wonder Years, The Larry Sanders Show and 3rd Rock from the Sun. From there he went on to become VP of Casting at CBS, where he oversaw the casting of comedies like Everybody Loves Raymond and The King of Queens. He currently runs the TV Talent area at Creative Artists Agency. His passion, though, has always been the camera.
In his series, Ceci n’est pas une personne / This is Not a Person, he writes with his camera, a modern REANIMATOR, imbuing inanimate bodies with life. The subject of his work is not a person, it’s a mannequin that he finds in a department store window. Katcher has an alchemist’s eye for character. When he shoots he also casts, anticipating the transformation of actors (in this case mannequins) into entirely different people in his mind’s eye. “When I squint my eyes ever so slightly the mannequins become characters in my mind. A false identity becomes a real one. They seem to come to life. Each one has it’s own story. I only have a few minutes to set the shot up, using only natural lighting – the sun starting to go down, while the storefront lights start to illuminate. I crop before I take the picture. Usually one shot and I walk away. In processing, there is no manipulation at all. I want the colors to bleed into each other. Whether it’s a burst of yellow or some shade of gray, the color makes the picture. I want the photograph to feel like an abstract painting. When the lines are blurred things become something else.”
Hixon sprung onto the New York pop art scene with her distilled poetry glitter installations in the Fall of 2009. Recently she has completed work on her permanent installation of Super-Sized Dandelions for The Children’s Museum of Art in SoHo and installed the sensational “Glitter Room” at Verge Art Miami Beach, a satellite fair at Art Basel 2011. Hixon describes her paintings as “poetry fragments without the movement of melody.” Her paintings of flowers are meditations where she seeks to “expand moments in time where ephemeral beauty becomes something more tangible.”
Hixon is interested in lessening the intimidation and exclusivity surrounding art by making it interactive and available to everyone. In 2010 Hixon began a NYC-wide installation called the Missing Unicorn Project. She put up 1500 posters in Manhattan and within a few hours more than 1000 calls had been made to the Unicorn Hotline. Ordinary citizens from all over the world became artists and joined in a game of magic and infinite possibility by leaving elaborate phone messages, postings, and pictures detailing sightings of the Missing Unicorn.
Camomile’s work is currently on view at Maison 24 in New York City and at Chelsea’s Tria Gallery. Outside of New York, her work is currently on display at the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, MA, and Dalton Pratt in Washington DC. Her works are held in both public and private collections.
Hixon’s glitter installations have caught the eye of arbiters of taste like Bob Novogratz of HGTV’s “Home by Novogratz”, who featured her art on September 10, 2011 and will feature her again in an episode set to air in April of 2012. Novogratz says of Hixon “Camomile is smart, fearless and unique – just like her art. Her art is very happy, positive and a little bit wiggy – in a great way.” In October 2011 Hixon’s Glitter Shoe Chandelier was featured on the nationally syndicated Wendy Williams Show.