Alex Weinstein


Alex Weinstein
Swell Model
Polyester resin, concrete, and oil, 2016
16 x 7 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Leslie Sacks Gallery

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Los Angeles artist Alex Weinstein’s artwork explores the idea of the sublime, taking cues from artists of the past such as Caspar David Friedrich, Claude Monet, J. M. W. Turner, and Mark Rothko. An avid surfer, his paintings and sculptures are often based on views of the ocean surface, hovering between figuration and abstraction. Weinstein graduated from Brown University in 1992 with dual BA degrees in Visual Arts and English. His work has been featured and reviewed in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Art in America, and the Los Angeles Times.

Swell Model consists of a single pour of polyester resin tinted with oil paint mixed from the artist’s palette. The work was inspired in part by ice fisherman withdrawing cut sections of frozen lake bed into which to drop hooked lines. It is the largest mass-casting project to date for Weinstein.

Selected exhibitions
LA / SF, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, 2016
MANA Film Exhibition, Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA, 2014
Swell, Art 1950-2010, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, 2010