Alex Gross’ DiscrepanciesJuxtapoz // Monday, 16 Aug 2010
In conjunction with Discrepancies, the artist will release a new book published by Gingko Press, titled after the show, cataloging the best of his work in the four years since his last monograph.
The highly involved, figurative oil paintings of Alex Gross defy categorization. His unusual hybrids—for all their nostalgic quality and dreamlike mystery—powerfully convey universal themes such as love, despair, globalization, consumerism, communication, or a lack thereof. The artist’s skepticism about corporate-dictated mass culture and the impact of media on our visual environment are unifying themes throughout the series of work in this exhibition.
In Discrepancies, Gross’ lush, incongruous worlds feature an assortment of mythical beasts and historical figures. Fashionable men and women are depicted while talking or texting on their cell phones, drinking Starbucks beverages, eating french fries and riding mopeds. These seemingly banal figures are juxtaposed with crucifixions, decapitated creatures, serpents and centaurs. The artist sets his subjects against skies peppered with butterflies, bees, confetti and other debris.
To complement the larger canvases, several smaller pieces on panel and paper parody the visual vernacular of our generation—magazine ads, billboards, and television commercials. References to brands such as Apple, British Petroleum, Marlboro, and Coca-Cola add a timeliness to the otherwise timeless aesthetic of Gross’ work.
About the Artist:
Alex Gross is currently based in Los Angeles, California. In 1990, he received a BFA with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Since then, he has been a successful gallery artist.
Alex taught at his Alma Mater from 1994 until 2005, and was a recipient of two faculty grants there. A recipient of the prestigious Artist Fellowship from the Japan Foundation in 2000, Alex spent two months traveling throughout Japan, researching and collecting a wide variety of Japanese Fine and Commercial art. Part of his collection was compiled and published by Taschen under the title Japanese Beauties in 2004. In the summer of 2007, Alex’s first retrospective museum show was held at the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, California.
Sept 11—Oct 9, 2010
Saturday, Sept 11, 7—9pm
Jonathan LeVine Gallery
More on the artist at www.alexgross.com