Oil on panel, 2013
24 X 24 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Leslie Sacks Contemporary
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“Even at just 24 x 24 inches, and with a decidedly subdued palette, Alex Weinstein’s North bristles with energy and atmosphere. It conjures up the immensity and ambiance of the ocean in a very controlled and understated manner. To me the poetic power of this work lies in the combination of Weinstein’s self-discipline and restraint on the one hand, and on the other the infinite richness of the color and depth of the composition.” – Marinta Skupin, Curator of Education
About the artist
Currently living in Los Angeles, Alex Weinstein graduated from Brown University in 1992 with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Visual Arts and English (Honors). In 1995 he founded the gallery Le Swell in Pont-Aven, France, specializing in European and American contemporary art. Weinstein’s own work explores the idea of the sublime, taking cues from such artists of the past as Caspar David Friedrich, Claude Monet, J. M. W. Turner, and Mark Rothko. Often based on views of the ocean surface, his paintings hover between figuration and abstraction.
About the work
Weinstein’s paintings operate as reductive, almost monochromatic abstractions while holding on to a tenuous thread of representational imagery. North is a work that is subtle, subdued in color, and sparse in visual content, yet implies a rich atmospheric space with a temperature and climate all its own. Weinstein offers such images as resting places inside which the viewer’s interpretative associations may collect.
- MANA Film Exhibition, Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA, 2014
- Swell, Art 1950-2010, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York; Metro Pictures Gallery, New York; Nyehaus, New York, 2010.
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