Balancing Drama, Intensity, and Lightheartedness with Alex Gardner
Drama and comedy are closer than you think. Long Beach, CA based artist Alex Gardner intends to show you just how close they really are. This month, Gardner debuts Rom Com, his first New York solo show at The Hole. Animated and gestural, like in his previous work, Gardner’s paintings display intimate human moments in his dramatic contrasted style. His figures move and sway across the canvas in their uniformly draped white clothes and gradient black skin. The anonymity of Gardner’s figures allow the viewer to emotionally connect as well project their own experience onto the canvas. This gentle vulnerability is sharply contrasted by Gardner’s choice in titles. “Forgot My Wallet” and “Audition in the Frozen Food Section” (to name a few) make light of the otherwise serious tone in his work. This tension brings new meaning to Gardner’s paintings and place them in a more contemporary context, one familiar with his viewers of a digital age.
September 15, 2017