Big Idea: Abel Alejandre and Kiel Johnson


Big Idea: Abel Alejandre and Kiel Johnson

Exhibition  Sept 22 – Saturday, Dec 3, 2016
Last Day! Sat. Dec. 3rd from 3-7PM

Reception: Thu, Sept. 22, 5-7:30 PM
OCC Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion
2701 Fairview Rd, 92626 Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Big Idea presents the bold work of two Los Angeles artists: Abel Alejandre and Kiel Johnson. Both tell stories through portraiture, devote copious amounts of time to their process, and transform humble materials into remarkable forms through an obsession of masterful mark-making.

Abel Alejandre’s symbolic portraits reveal both the power and vulnerability of the common man. His work explores themes of identity conflict, expectations and personal evolution. His masterful use of line, reminiscent of classical etchings, accentuates the brave assertiveness and honesty within his subject matter.

Kiel Johnson creates detailed portraits of everyday objects and elaborate systems. His intricate depictions are compelling and gregarious, and deal with issues of simplicity, complexity and diversity. His cardboard sculptures are drawings that have exploded into a 3-dimensional world, a world that invites us to joyfully linger and explore.

OCC Frank M. Doyle Arts Pavilion
2701 Fairview Rd, 92626 Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(Located in Parking Lot D on Merrimac Way, between Starbucks and the Art Center)
Admission is free
Contact Info: (714) 432-5102
Twitter: @occartgallery • Instagram @occartpavilion • Facebook:

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday-Sunday: CLOSED


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