MICHAEL FALLON is a longtime writer and editor on arts and culture based in Minneapolis, where he serves as the Executive Director of Minneapolis TV Network, a public access community media center. He has published hundreds of reviews, feature articles, essays, and profiles in print and online for City Pages in Minneapolis, the Orange County Weekly, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Pittsburgh City Paper, Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine, the Utne Reader, Public Art Review, American Craft, and Art in America. Fallon received national attention for his blog about the struggles of artists, The Chronicle of Artistic Failure in America. His current blog—Pacific Ocean Blue: Tales of L.A’s Past/Tales of L.A. Today—is focused on the art, culture, and history of Southern California. Fallon studied art at UC Berkeley and in the graduate program in art at Cal State Fullerton, and completed a Master’s in Arts Management at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where, while spearheading a comprehensive study of the nation’s aging artists, he interviewed Californian luminaries like Llyn Foulkes and George Herms. Please visit writermichaelfallon.com.
“…a fresh, kinetic narrative, the perfect companion to Hunter Drohojowska-Philp’s 1960s L.A. arts inquiry, Rebels in Paradise (2011)… Fallon’s delving insights into Los Angeles’ artistic synergy within an adept synthesis of place, biography, art, technology, and social movements makes for exciting and invaluable fill-in-the-gaps art history.” —Booklist Starred Review
“A well-researched, wide-ranging history that amply captures the confusion, contradictions and enormous energy of one triumphant decade.” —Kirkus
“While the closure of the Ferus Gallery in 1966 and subsequent events such as Artforum’s move to New York City in 1967 seemed like crushing setbacks to Los Angeles’s art scene at the time, Fallon proves the contrary in this lively history of artistic pluralism and dissidence.” —Publishers Weekly
“Michael Fallon performs a double service with Creating the Future: he contradicts the notion that artistic activity in southern California lost its mojo after the 1960s, and he makes the argument by identifying and connecting all the myriad dots, compiling a thorough, vivid history. With a supple perspective, focusing here, pulling back there, Fallon promulgates the sense that L.A. and its environs constituted one of the most challenging and exciting places to make art throughout the latter half of the 20th century, ‘me decade’ or no.” —Peter Frank, American art critic
“Michael Fallon interweaves dozens of biographies to tell the tale of the most formative decade that the Los Angeles Art Scene will ever know. After the clubby Ferrus gallery was shuttered, the only artists left to lead Los Angeles were the outsiders. Artists as disparate as Judy Chicago, Robert Williams, Bas Jan Ader, and Llyn Foulkes each take the spotlight as Fallon brings to life a time when innovation mattered more than money. The earnestness of the author’s lean prose should create a hunger and wistfulness for authenticity in the heart of every serious art lover.” —Mat Gleason, Huffington Post art critic
“Unfairly maligned as a cultural wasteland, the Los Angeles of the 1970s was actually home to a stunning array of artists and art scenes that channeled the disillusionment of the era — and the myriad challenges of life in the sprawling, smog-choked city — into work that was powerful, enduring, and profoundly influential. Kudos to Michael Fallon for shining a brilliant and well-deserved spotlight upon this fascinating period.” —Dan Epstein, author of Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of ’76 and Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging ’70s.