ABEL ALEJANDRE: Familiar Ground
ARTIST TALK & CLOSING RECEPTION
Saturday, March 6, 2010 3pm – 5pm
Exhibition Dates: February 11 – March 6, 2010
Project_210 is pleased to announce ABEL ALEJANDRE: Familiar Ground, a debut solo exhibition of new work by the Los Angeles artist. Chronicling his family history, Alejandre tackles personal issues that include masculinity, patrimony, sexuality, aggression and isolation. In “My Two Fathers”, a massive woodcut measuring four by eight feet, the artist has exquisitely rendered the image of two men. The older man’s weathered face reveals evidence of a hard life and his eyes fill with tears as he stares poignantly into space. Perhaps alluding to this man’s past behavior, Alejandre has organized the composition so that the viscous teeth of a confrontational dog line up perfectly with the old man’s mouth, creating a stark symbolism. The younger man is illuminated, gazing upward in contemplation, as if planning his future. The juxtaposition of these two men is uncomfortable but like all of Alejandre’s work, masterfully drawn and undeniably beautiful. The exhibition also includes intimately scaled and meticulously crafted graphite drawings on primed wood panels.
Abel Alejandre’s recent exhibitions include group shows at the Mexican Cultural Institute, Los Angeles, ChimMaya Gallery, Tropico de Nopal, I-5 Gallery and Drawn to You: Intimate Portraits at Project_210 last year. Abel Alejandre immigrated to Los Angeles in 1975 with his family from Apatzingan, Michoacan, Mexico.
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