Alex Gingrow

Hmph. Well. I guess everything can't be for everyone, 2012, Graphite and acrylic on paper, 22" x 30"
Hmph. Well. I guess everything can’t be for everyone, 2012, Graphite and acrylic on paper, 22″ x 30″

I tend to be very organized and compartmentalized in both daily life and my artistic pursuits.  That, mixed with an overwhelming resistance to being pigeon-holed for one particular type of work, leads me to work serially in my studio practice.  I have been working on my most recent series of sticker paintings for approximately four years.  In this series, I appropriate provenance stickers, which I collect from my day job at a frame shop in Manhattan, with my own name, title, media, date, and dimensions. The appropriated titles correspond directly with the gallery sticker and are typically snippits of conversations overheard at my shop, galleries or fairs, or are statements that I would like to pass along to the respective galleries myself.  To date, there are about 45 works in this series and many more in the sketchbook to be completed over the coming months and years.

However, in the meantime, I feel that I am also ready to start working on a new body of work so as to keep things fresh and new and to push myself outside of my comfort zone. I have begun working on a new project that will tentatively be comprised of endurance video, paintings, installation, costume design, model building, and, in my dream of all dreams, performance–but only if I had unlimited funds and perhaps a cold environment. The new series deals with personal narrative, family history, and ice skating. This image is a still, shot from the computer screen, of a test video that may become an endurance based, looped film. The object is a crystal ball with an ice skater laser etched inside in the position of a Biellman spin. When I spin the ball, the skater appears to be spinning. However, the ball is not attached to the base and so eventually the skater spins off axis and ends up seeming to somersault with her leg pulled high above her head.  -Alex Gingrow, 2013

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