Two Los Angeles-based artists are currently presenting evocative new bodies of work that are full of emotion, subliminal communication, and so much more. Don’t miss it!
Their styles may be different, but the impact is the same. Opened on May 6 and on view through May 27 at Booth Gallery in New York City, “Subliminal” presents the recent works of Los Angeles-based painters Jason Shawn Alexander and Stephanie Inagaki.
Both artists are self-described figurative painters, but that’s only where their works begin. Alexander creates life-sized to over-life-sized, towering pictures of exposed bodies. Through expressive body language and degrees of abstraction, Alexander’s paintings offer stories to their viewers. Speaking about his current work and Inagaki’s, Alexander suggests, “You cannot simply hang either of our works ‘safely’ on the wall. The work for this show is challenging, both in interpretation of the lives being portrayed, and directly due to the images ‘seeing’ the viewer or the imposing scale. These works have much more going on than simply figurative art. These are works that tell stories. Our stories, told through figurative work. Some of it is right there, splashed in front of you, but most of it is in the subtitles, almost subliminal.”
Inagaki works in mixed media to construct her figurative stories and “portray characters that hold direct eye contact with the viewer,” the gallery writes, “daring them to seek meaning within her mythological-based narratives. Both Inagaki’s and Alexander’s figures are vessels for stories, purposed to transfer emotion and human experience.”
To learn more, visit Booth Gallery.
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