Thursday, 30 January 2020

BREX-GLITCH

Looking at the glitched government website the other day, I couldn't help but think this was an omen of some sort.


Below: Government Portal Website with Coat-of-Arms 
Screenshot, Natural Glitch, No Filters




Below: Government Portal Website with Crown
Screenshot, Natural Glitch, No Filters



Wednesday, 29 January 2020

ALEXI K: DIGITAL, ANALOG, MATERIAL ARTIST


DIGITAL

'DATASTREAM ARABESQUES' : Vector Compositions, 2017

Photo courtesy of Moxy Downtown Hotel, NYC.






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ANALOG

'POLYGRAPH NUDES' : Ink on Paper, 2009






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MATERIAL

'ELECTRONIQUE' SHOE : Pattern Design, 2015

Photo courtesy of Bucketfeet


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All artwork copyright Alexi K. 

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Tuesday, 28 January 2020

LOS TRES AMIGOS

ALL-TIME FAVOURITE PHOTO

I was persuaded by my studio pal to go on a winter bike jaunt on the canal last week, and I was glad that we did. The canal, with its engineered geometry and vertiginous reflections, plus the cold drizzly weather, brought a few hours of sharp relief from the stuffiness of the studio.

We constantly stopped to take photos. At several points we overtook the same three guys walking a long stretch of the Midlands towpath. It's always weird when you see people walking purposefully on long empty stretches of the waterways. As my friend pointed out, you need to live near the canal to know how to use it. 





Eventually we came to a long tunnel and the guys walked past me again. This time, however, they walked under a skylight ( see above ) and the lighting was so perfect, I chased after them and explained that I was an artist and that it looked really cool when they walked under this one source of light, and I asked if they could walk back under it. I had enough presence of mind to sweep away a piece of litter that was glinting in the darkness and that would have ruined the shot. The three friends obliged and I got the most spectacularly cinematic shot in my repertoir.


In the old days ( pre-camera phone, pre-internet - the 1990s ), you really could go up to complete strangers and say they had a cool look and can I take your picture..? Now, of course, you have to have a team of lawyers on standby if you forget to ask permission.


Below: Adios, amigos.





We talked to the guys once we got back out into the open, and I made sure they were all happy for me to put the shots on my social media, and they were fine about it. I seriously think the pic of them in the tunnel is the best photo I've ever taken.






Below: The Three Amigos





All pics shot on iPhone 7+, copyright Alexi K.

Thursday, 16 January 2020

THE HUMAN GLITCH II


Untitled Glitch Drawing, Pen & Ink on Watercolour Postcard, A5, Jan 2020


Tuesday, 7 January 2020

'A'...'OK'



I was designing my own font last year ( not yet seen on this blog ), and inevitably ended up using the 'A' and 'K' in my 2019 logo designs ( notably the 'A' with way-finding chevrons that you may have seen on my posts ). Since then, I've decided to have another go, so I'm experimenting with new versions of the logo and abstractified configurations of the font.

I love the beauty and elegance of various non-European alphabets, and ultimately want to invent my own.   



Below: Combining 'abstract alphabet' vector shapes, with a real-world paint stroke
( 2020 ).






Monday, 6 January 2020

'WAYS OF SEEING'

If you want to see studio pix as well as the day-to-day wanderings of an abstractionist, you can always follow me on Instagram. Click below.


Thursday, 2 January 2020

2 0 2 0

ANTICIPATING THE PAST,
NOSTALGIC ABOUT THE FUTURE

Welcome to my blog - I've been expecting you. Hope to see more of you in the coming months.
- Alexi



Above: Front cover for VAROUFAKIS ( prog rock band ), Jan 2020

All artwork and photography in this blog is by Alexi K, reproduction by permission only. 



Above: VAROUFAKIS ( outtake ), Jan 2020

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

110K

Art is all about balance: It teaches you how to think.

And then you look at the 'Art World', and that teaches you how not to think.

Anyway, thanks for the 110,000 page views, I really appreciate it! x


Above: Part of my mural for BPN Architects, summer 2016.

Monday, 10 June 2019

MOXY DOWNTOWN: ON THE UP

Very pleased that the super-funky designer hotel MOXY DOWNTOWN NYC - which features a series of my digital mosaic tiles in the lobby - has been nominated for the Condé Nast Reader's Choice Award. No doubt part of its amazing success is the contribution of interior designer Kim Edwards who infused the hotel with her playful, eclectic, and energetic sense of aesthetics. Well done, Kim!


Below: Datastream Arabesque #8 ( detail with texture )




About the Datastream Arabesques: Each composition is made of fragments of other compositions that were broken up, partially deleted and then recomposed. In other words, it was a digital version of smashing up a load of ceramics in order to create a mosaic from the fragments. The artwork evolved naturally into a series of Futuroid Arabic motifs, which I'm still experimenting with, but haven't released yet.

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