An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.
I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.
The person I’d like to introduce is the artist Alex Paik.
b. 1981 Oxnard, California. Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
2005: M.F.A., University of Pennsylvania
2003: B.F.A. with honors in Art, Pennsylvania State University
“My first serious introduction to art was through classical music as a violinist playing in various community orchestras during high school. That experience stayed with me as I made the transition to the visual arts later in college. I’ve always been attracted to the ethereal abstraction of music and the way that music can be simultaneously cerebral and personal, especially in the contrapuntal music of Bach.
My paper assemblages mimic the way that the voices of a fugue are continuously repeated, transposed, inverted, and folded into themselves. Each piece focuses on one unit as its subject which is then repeated in different configurations as the piece grows. I use repetition not so much as a compositional device, but more as a way to explore and maximize the possibilities of the unit.
Maybe if Paul Klee, Thomas Nozkowski, Frank Stella, and Richard Tuttle were the Lost Boys on Never Land and grew up on video games, classical music, and indie pop, this is what they would make. Or maybe they would focus on fighting pirates.” AP
Other material relating to Alex Paik.
Artist website: alexpaik.com
PS1 Studio Visit: Alex Paik
Structure and Imagery: Alex Paik
bmore art: Alex Paik
Youtube: Alex Paik
Two Coats of Paint: Alex Paik