April 24, 2012

Alexis Anne Mackenzie – Look Alive | Solo Exhibition at KRETS

1:50 pm in art,art events dustin hostetler

…The majority of the works shown at KRETS are based on the silhouettes that remain when the artist cuts out images from book pages. The outer lines of these figures are then placed on other images and creates a resonance between overlooked negative spaces made visible.

Title of the exhibition works are created in a characteristic technique of the artist, floral elements arranged into compositions that make up words and phrases. The characters are subtly incorporated into the pictures, but appear after a moment’s consideration. Using photographic elements instead of only illustrated material creates a very different expression than in her earlier works. Also new are still-life elements – to mix objects and artifacts that often represent prevailing aesthetic and cultural ideals. Books, sculptures, vases and extravagant floral bouquets; markers of status, wealth, intellect and identity.

Throughout Look Alive is an exploration of inner worlds and how they are transmitted and projected onto the visible world. All collages are created by hand – cut out from books and carefully assembled as unobtrusively as possible and without obvious seams. The intention is to depict the world as somewhat flawed but beautiful – a shining place with a contrasting dark side.


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