Wednesday, 13 December 2017

LAWN ORDER

'HATE HAS NO HOME HERE'

While holidaying in New Jersey in October, we went strolling from South Orange, to Maplewood. Amongst all the usual fun Halloween garden displays, I was struck by these other types of messages on people's lawns ( see below ). They are from a side of American society that you rarely get to see: The Normal. Thanks to the media, all we hear about is mass shootings, sordid denouncements, foreign policy balls-ups, vested interests, money-grabbing cynicism and stupidity. Algorithmically, what you see below does not get noticed in all that noise. But hopefully, in the real world it has an impact. At the very least, it puts you in a better mood.







Tuesday, 12 December 2017

HIVE MIND


While waiting for the Brooklyn train at Columbus Circle in New York City, I took several photographs of the opposite platform ( above being the best one ). I liked how all the commuters were neatly framed by the metal girders. Once I looked closely at the pictures on the computer screen, I noticed just how many of the people were looking at their phones, to the exclusion of all else. 


Don't people people-watch any more? Or is it purely artists and Homeland Security that takes a neighbourly interest these days? 





It's kind of depressing how dependent we are on these gadgets. Personally, I prefer to carry a book. I find carbon-based media much more reliable.

Aside from that, I love the painterly rendering that zooming-in achieves on these iPhone 4 pics. There even appears to be a faint halo/outline effect around some of the figures.

NEW EDIT ( below ): The lady in the blue jacket is a fascinating focal point, so here's a 'Portmanteau Edit' of the same scene, which looks even better!



Monday, 11 December 2017

SNOWBOUND

Being snowed-in right now in Worcestershire, the enforced time at home has allowed me to find these drawings from December 2004, when I was staying in New Rochelle, New York. We were similarly snow-bound, and on one of the days, I spent an hour in the garden looking at tiny fragments of twigs that had fallen off the trees from the weight of the snow. They looked like intriguing bits of code, or written characters from an as-yet undiscovered language. It was very satisfying to make art that was so minimal.


Twigs in Snow I - IV New Rochelle, NY, ink on A5 paper, circ. Dec 2004





Stone in Snow, New Rochelle, NY, ink on A5 paper, circ. Dec 2004


Tuesday, 5 December 2017

PENCILLED IN

As mentioned in the previous post, November's work-in-progress is now out of bounds due to being on display at Custard Factory. This has necessitated starting a new piece before the other is finished. The difference, is that this time I am making pencil shapes first, rather than automatically painting onto the blank grid. Whether this will result in a piece of work that looks significantly different than its two companion pieces is debatable. But at the moment it's a refreshing change to spend longer composing in pencil.

Untitled Work In Progress, Pencil on Canvas, 60cm x 60cm, Dec 2017.


Monday, 4 December 2017

WORK IN PROGRESS (cont'd) DETAIL SHOTS

Work-in-progress, as featured in the SOLSTICE exhibition, currently in the Nomad Room at Custard Factory, Birmingham UK, until February 2018. Curated by Zarina Keyani.


Untitled Work In Progress, Acrylic & Biro on Canvas, 60cm x 60cm, Nov / Dec 2017


WORK IN PROGRESS - DETAILED ANGLE CLOSE-UPS






Monday, 27 November 2017

CREATIVES' NETWORKING SESSION AT OUR NEXT SHOW, FRI DEC 1st.

Calling all artists in the West Midlands - hang out with us: Swap tips / get advice / make contacts.


Thursday, 23 November 2017

TRUNK CALL

I was asked by an American design company recently to resurrect my 'POLYGRAPH NUDES' style, to which I happily obliged.

Over the years, this particular way of drawing has attracted the interest of many architects, interior designers, fabric designers and students. Therefore, when I was asked to supply some drawings for a hip hotel currently being built in New York City, I saw this as a good excuse to, at long last, explore this style again and see if I can evolve it.

Below you will see a rather belated attempt at a male figure...I'm not sure that it's particularly successful, either, as it does look somewhat androgynous. However, I rather like it, so maybe this is a potential area for future exploration?

Below: Male Abdomen, Ink on Paper, September 2017


WORK IN PROGRESS NOV 2017

It's been a while since I've posted anything. The reason for that, is that I've had two other projects on the go simultaneously, so this painting has been on the backburner since the summer. It's the second part of a trilogy, and since I restarted a couple of weeks ago, progress has been pretty brisk. That can only mean one thing: I'm about to do something to it that will take months of correcting ( at least, that's what usually happens when things seem to be going well ).


Acrylic On Canvas, 60cm x 60cm, 2017 

Below: How it started, earlier this year.


Below: ( extreme close-up with harsh light to accentuate contours ) adding colour, and building structure using grid lines by masking alternating strips of canvas.


Below: As it is on 23rd Nov 2017, photographed during the fading light of the afternoon ( it starts to get dark at 4pm in the UK now - very impractical! ).







Wednesday, 15 November 2017

NEW UPDATES COMING...SOON!

Sorry for the delay, it looks like the updates will be ready after the weekend of 18 - 19th November. ;)


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

NOW ON INSTAGRAM!

I've opened an Instagram account to document my work and travels. Just look up 'Alexi K Artist' next time you're on there!


Below: City Hall, New York, photographed on Saturday 28th October, 2017.