Tuesday, 11 July 2017

RAINBOW NATION

A TRIP TO THE CAPITAL TO SIGN COPIES OF A NEW ANTHOLOGY,
...WITH AN ACCIDENTAL DETOUR VIA THE LONDON PRIDE MARCH!

There was a definite theme of colour prevalent during the weekend, when I went down to London for the launch party of 'Elasticity', a book compiled from the best stories of notable UK cult fiction imprint Elastic Press ( and for which, I had designed the cover ). I'm inspired by dynamic art like cubism, futurism, comic-books and speculative fiction, and I like to think that the artwork successfully evoked that feeling of dynamism.



Accompanied by Midlands author of weird fiction, James Burr, we inadvertently found ourselves amongst the enthusiastic crowds who were gathering for London Pride, so we wandered along Regent Street taking in the sights, and enjoying the unusually hot weather. 



Luckily, we just made it to the book launch on time. I was then introduced to the room of fans, bloggers, writers and editors, by publisher Ian Whates, and asked to make my way to the front to sign the book, along with the authors. Ian's imprint, Newcon Press, is a prestigious, multi-award-winning publishing house, and it was Newcon, with Elastic's editor Andrew Hook, who were publishing this best-of anthology.


Below: I really love the matte finish on the paperback. All my paintings have a matte finish, I never use gloss or varnish. 


The book cover ( above ) is based on one of my first 'Mood Flag' paintings GAMBIAN RAIN. Below, the unedited version is used on the inside front cover of the hardback...



...and a greyscale version several pages in. Seen here with the editor's signature.


Below: Inside back cover ( hardback ).


Many thanks to Newcon Press, Ian Whates & Andrew Hook, and also to James Burr.

Friday, 30 June 2017

COMING SOON!

NEWS: A favourite from my back catalogue has turned up somewhere rather interesting. More details next week!


Sunday, 25 June 2017

BEAUTIFUL MISTAKE

LOOKING BACK AT LAST SUMMER'S BIG PROJECT

Below: In the photo you'll see that backwards 'Z' shape that shouldn't be there. Adding deliberate mistakes, and leaving in real ones, can enhance the work and provoke innovation.


Can you spot the other anomaly? ]

These photos are from the 'Test Install' session that I undertook last summer, with the help of fellow Birmingham artist Rob Walsh. It was a full-scale practise session in preparation for a mural design for BPN Architects summer art show. Looking at the photograph, and then reading my thoughts about it in last year's blog entry, it seems I failed to highlight one of its most interesting aspects. 

I talked about how 'big art' happens at a different tempo. That, because of its scale, I'm allowed more time to think about the decisions made, and why I make them.


Below: There are actually two 'anomalies' here.




In my paintings, and in these murals, I always put 'mistakes' in. Some are genuine - for instance, if you rule lines across a canvas, it can bend in the middle and disrupt the measurements. I found that I liked the mistakes, and they helped me to keep the art from becoming formulaic. They prevent the viewer from making any assumptions as the eye travels around the composition. And also to partly keep me amused while I undertake the laborious task of scaling up something that is usually as small as an A5 postcard. I hasten to add that this is not 'Op Art' where the viewer's eyeballs are dazzled by some flashy optical trick. 

I want the viewer to suddenly stop and think, 'Wait, is that a mistake?' If he stops long enough, he realises it's deliberate, and at that moment a connection is made between us. The ideal response would be for the viewer to have a private laugh about it. It's like a musical piece that relies on repetition, and then at the last chorus, amuses the audience by deliberately throwing them off.


Rob and I used to discuss these all the time, and they highlighted the differences between our two styles. If a piece looked too 'uniform' or 'designed' I would always point out that it would need an 'anomaly' to break it up. I've sometimes mentioned how my art has a musical or linguistic foundation. 'Anomalies', 'verticals', 'chevrons', 'returns'...we developed our own site-specific short-hand while doing these pieces. Rob is a geometric artist of mind-boggling exactitude. I'm completely the opposite, but to an untutored eye, our work could look similar. I may do an article looking at this phenomenon sometime in the near future, so stay tuned.


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Below: OK, yes, this bit is 'Op Art'. We were testing the materials and having a laugh seeing how it works. But for me, this is too obvious a pun.





Wednesday, 21 June 2017

BLACK BOX

When in doubt, just paint over it...but save a little bit from the previous iterations, just in case.


Acrylic On Canvas, 50cm x 50cm


DETAIL SHOTS









Tuesday, 13 June 2017

U.S...AIN'T

Experimenting with random shapes, saw a familiar form trying to emerge, so ran with it. Fans of Philip K. Dick might be especially appreciative - PKD is a big influence on a lot of contemporary artists. Not that you'd know that if you go by what academics write, but you can usually spot aficionados a mile away, just from the art they produce.


Below: Alt History Flag, Vector Drawing with texture, 2017.


Thursday, 8 June 2017

WELCOME - Здравствуйте - Bienvenue - こんにちは - Wilkommen - 你好 - Χαίρετε

My name is Alexi K. I am a contemporary artist, based in Birmingham, in the UK. My art is all about abstracting the everyday and speculating the future: architecture, people, diagrams, data, and bright colours. I'm inspired by Cubism, Futurism, Bauhaus and Constructivism. I love straight lines. Enjoy!


Below: The Alexi K SUPERHIGHWAY CHAIR, courtesy of Valley Forge Fabrics.






Tuesday, 6 June 2017

ARAB...ESQUE

Apologies for my lack of visibility at the moment. Experiencing network issues at the studio, which will hopefully be resolved soon.

In the meantime, please enjoy this new experimental piece.

Below: Experimental Work, Digital Vector Drawing, 2017.


Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

SAMPLER

Busy experimenting with shapes and colours. I'll post some examples as soon as I feel like I'm getting somewhere.


Monday, 15 May 2017

LOOKING UP

...is something I often forget to do, while working on new art.

In this pic, my pieces are the ones with straight lines. All the others are by Zarina ( link to come as soon as she's finished updating her website ).

Today at the Studio