"Recessive" works by Alex Eckman-Lawn
Posted on October 12 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Alex Eckman-Lawn: Recessive
Exhibition Dates: October 26 – December 6, 2018
Opening Reception: October 26, 2018 • 5:30 – 10:00pm
Paradigm Gallery is pleased to present Recessive, an exhibition of new collage works by the Philadelphia-based visual artist Alex Eckman-Lawn. The exhibition, marking Eckman-Lawn's debut solo show with the gallery, will open on October 26, and remain on view through December 6, 2018.
Amalgamating disparate images from a myriad of sources, Eckman-Lawn's latest multi-layered, hand-cut paper collages continue the artist's ongoing exploration of his anxieties and fears, recurrent themes of interest particularly focused upon the body and the weight of family history.
Drawing from his experience as an illustrator, Eckman-Lawn employs a distinctive vocabulary of disturbing images and symbols, building a unique, moody and tense visual narrative focused upon the body's potential for entrapment, as cage for its human subject.
Inspired by comics and illustration and influenced by artists as diverse as Egon Schiele and Moebius, Eckman-Lawn mines everything from his own original digital paintings to photographs found in old medical textbooks. Balancing grotesquerie with the artist's sweet-tempered nature, he rearranges the pieces into chimerical new images, both visceral and haunting.
Employing an illusionistic layering technique, in which he cuts a hole into as many as a half-dozen layers of hand-cut paper, Eckman-Lawn creates exceptional depth, a literal and figural void in the center of his work. His collages, at once precise and sure-handed, have a sulfurous glow, a magical aura seemingly rising dark and ominous from the hinterland of his mind.
Recalling the Surrealist works of Max Ernst and Joseph Cornell, contradictory figures and objects, complex and ambiguous, transform reality. And yet there's a sobering quality, an unexpected substantiality to his dreaminess--for Eckman-Lawn, horror and nostalgia seem to ground the mind, his foreboding dreamscapes existing within a fragmented yet tangible architecture.
Grappling with the psychology of unease, Eckman-Lawn's collaged assemblages navigate the unchartered areas of unlovely chaos, giving visual form to his emotionally charged sentiments.
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About Alex Eckman-Lawn // Alex Eckman-Lawn creates multi-layered, hand-cut, paper collages. Each layer is spaced, creating a depth that draws you into the works. His work has appeared in comic books, on album covers, book covers, T-shirts, music videos, newspapers, and posters. His cut paper works have most recently been on display at SCOPE Miami Beach, Art on Paper NY, Paradigm Gallery + Studio, Arch Enemy Arts, Gallery 1988, Cotton Candy Machine, and Copro Gallery, and have been featured in publications such as Hi-Fructose, Juxtapoz Magazine, and The Observer. Eckman-Lawn received his BFA in Illustration from the University of the Arts in 2007.
About Paradigm Gallery // Paradigm Gallery + Studio® exhibits contemporary artwork from around the world with a focus on Philadelphia-based artists. Established February 2010, the gallery began as a project between co-founders and curators, Jason Chen and Sara McCorriston, as a space in which to create artwork, to exhibit the work of their peers, and to invite the members of the community to create and collect in a welcoming gallery setting. To this day the gallery still aims to welcome all collectors, from first time to lifelong, and continues to support accessible work that welcomes a wide audience.
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