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Alex Anderson’s “Wonderland” at Gavlak Los Angeles

“Your Last Meal,” 2018 Alex Anderson Earthenware, glaze, gold luster; 5.5 x 15 x 15 in (14 x 38.1 x 38.1 cm) Sculpture, 50.75 x 15 x 15 in (128.9 x 38.1 x 38.1 cm) Sculpture with pedestal
(Courtesy: Artist and Gavlak)

Gavlak is hosting Alex Anderson’s exhibition titled “Wonderland” at its Los Angeles venue.

The exhibition showcases new work by the Los Angeles-based artist.

The exhibition is Anderson’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles and his first solo exhibition with Gavlak, says the gallery.

The gallery said, “Anderson uses the delicate medium of ceramics as his main vehicle to explore the intersections of the sublime experiences that make up both the man-made and natural worlds, as well as deeper, more complicated issues of race and cultural representation. The seventeen works combine his dexterity in the medium with a confluence of baroque imagery and compositions, Japanese pop art references, and current contemporary fashion and design trends in order to probe the depths of reality, illusion and identity. From 18th century chinoiserie cherry blossoms and gold bees, to the matte black car paint on a popular rap musician’s Bentley, the artist draws upon these influences to create his own unique, formal language in each fine white, black and hand painted object.”

Anderson has created his own fantastical “Wonderland,” using a biographical lexicon of characters and symbols drawing from his Japanese and African-American heritage, as well as classical Western narratives. In Anderson’s practice, inanimate objects are brought to life and imbued with complex and multiple identities similar to his. In these works, flowers are anthropomorphized along with a rabbit and a lamb that both appear to be out of a fairy tale, yet like so many classic children’s stories there is also a dark and foreboding story.

Alex Anderson (b. 1990 Seattle, Washington) received his Master of Fine Arts degree from UCLA, having previously studied at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, and the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen, China. He was part of many group exhibitions including at Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, Seattle (2018); RESIDENCY, Los Angeles (2018); and American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona (2018), among others.

The exhibition is on view through July 15, 2018, at Gavlak Los Angeles, 1034 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038.

For details, visit: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide/gavlak-gallery/overview

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the artworks.

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