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Perspectives: Group Exhibition at Work Space Opening Reception November 7th, 7-8pm
Summer Bummer: Solo Exhibition at Stockman Gallery Opening Reception November 8th, (through December 27th)

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Alexander California

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Purpose

Ever since I was a child, I fantasized about the West Coast. The beautiful weather, the coastal beaches, rich sports history, carefree way of life, and bountiful harvests across the landscape. All that and more comprised my obsessions with the West Coast. The work I create is an extension of that desire. The mystique behind California drew me into spending much of my time studying and examining what comprised this Californian “persona”, in efforts to celebrate it in my work. I then searched for ways to implement those discoveries with the music, sports, and politics of the West Coast in my paintings and drawings. I looked to some influences being artists associated with Southern California as well as the Bay Area figurative Movement, to give my work continuity following those great painters preceding me. A few of my biggest heroes in painting being Wayne Thiebaud, Paul Wonner, David Hockney, David Park, and Richard Diebenkorn.

Life and Art

I set out to accomplish different goals as I work on each project and each series. A lot of my work consists of simple subject matter and scenes. I like creating photoshoots in specific scenery in order to capture the highest level of human passion and emotion. Sometimes I use this idea to abstract my backgrounds or alter the beginning stages of each painting or drawing. Moving forward with each portrait I am setting out to challenge the viewer with each painting I create. I try to maximize the emotions that inseminate from the gaze, the body language, and my color palette; Whether it be sad, pensive, joyful, and so on. When I am referencing my figures or landscapes from a photoshoot, I am always trying to push myself to experiment with my mark-making while still maintaining narrative/story in my compositions. The people I meet and the people that are a part of my projects are inspiring and the most important part of what I do.

By titling my focal series “LA Is Dead”, I am desiring a resurgence in happiness and optimism that once made people flock to California years ago. I am guided by the relationships and art of other creative minds in my personal life, always humbled by the next project. By featuring some drawn portraits of people in my life, I get to show my journey. My journey through the people I meet and idolize, become a large part of the work ultimately. As a result, my series L.A Is Dead, is more than West Coast fandom. It culminates something deeper; Spirituality, Art, Culture, Love.

 

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