JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER @ 101/EXHIBIT GALLERYJuxtapoz // Friday, 20 Jan 2012
Miami's 101/Exhibit currently hosts Undertow, new works by Jason Shawn Alexander, the Los Angeles-based expressionist figurative painter. The show coincides with the publication of same-titled book, Undertow.
“I am very pleased to present Jason’s third exhibition at 101/exhibit,” said gallery owner Sloan Schaffer. “His masterfully rich figures inhabit settings that, at times, evoke the stillness of theater. “These paintings offer the viewer a glimpse of private moments, captured in the wake of a great reced- ing void. With his intense personal narrative combined with overtones of al- legory, the paintings are imbued with an essential human drama that is his signature quality.”
Alexander's confidence as a figurative painter has allowed more of the process to show in his work. An expert draftsman, Alexander has developed a method for mounting paper to canvas, which enables him to use his inks at the idea’s inception. He draws with fluidity and an energy he has long sought to bring to his paintings. The ink serving as a gestural skeleton, the artist then uses models to help pull out realism and sculpt the flesh of his pieces. His intimate works penetrate to the core of human integrity, often depicting images of figures wrenched in that critical space where the strained coordination of mind, body, and spirit, hangs in the balance of existential woe.
Undertow is on view through February 8, 2012.
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Miami, FL 33137
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