Thursday, 7 January 2021

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

PERIPHERAL VISIONS / 01

In the case of my 'analog' art ( canvas, paints, pencils, paper ), I've already mentioned that I rarely use sketchbooks. That is, when I start a piece of work, it's usually with the intention of getting it to a completed state ( whatever that is, it's a bit of a philosophical question ). Cont'd...


Below: Datastream Arabesque Glitch Experiments / Vector Composition




In contrast, my digital / vector art, is exactly the opposite. Each finished piece has dozens of staging points, most of which are to be found around the edge of the work space, off-screen. Re-opening a file containing not only the main piece, but all the iterations that later became the main piece, it's sometimes easy to conclude that these discarded elements and compositions can be worthy of re-examination. Sometimes they can even preferable to the artwork that I decided was the final-final version.

( Occasionally, even a discarded fragment can be worthy of inclusion, when viewed with fresh eyes after the event ).

It could be late at night, you're listening to your favourite podcast, or an album, and you are assembling and configuring shapes and forms, and editing colours, and thinking of depth and space. Sometimes you are not thinking at all, just simply throwing things around. 

What these iterations represent, are slices of time


Below: Datastream Arabesque Glitch Experiments / Vector Composition




All artwork on this blog, unless explicitly stated otherwise, is property of Alexi K.

Friday, 1 January 2021

2021

WELCOME

Yes, I'm still here. So are you. I've been very busy off the grid in 2020, using lockdown to work on other projects in other disciplines.

How has it been for you?

I want to hear from you. I don't activate the 'comment section' on my blog because I believe them to look untidy - in the same way that I think ads are untidy. So please feel free to email me at the address below, using the subject 'blog visitor' so that I can find you in my spam folder.


Below: Sheet Metal Experiment, Vector Drawing, 2021.




Below: Sheet Metal Experiment, Vector Drawing, (detail ) 2021.







Monday, 12 October 2020

I'M BACK

NOTICE: 2020 kind of got in the way. Normal service will be resumed as quickly as possible.

Probably on January the 1st when we all go 'what the hell just happened'?


Above: Abstract Experiment, Vector Art by Alexi K


Friday, 2 October 2020

MOXY DOWNTOWN NY : SCREENGRAB

'NO SERVICE'


On Instagram for the first time in ages (the account is still in my legacy phone so I don't get round to it very often), I saw this post featuring my art, dated Thanksgiving November 2019.



 

Friday, 10 July 2020

CURRENT GROUP EXHIBITION: MYTHOLOGIES, CHANIA, CRETE

MY POSTCARD DRAWINGS NOW IN THE PERMANENT COLLECTION OF THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, CHANIA.



Above: Super-close-up of 'At The Beach' postcard, 2013
( area in pic approx 1 inch x 1 inch. )


Greece is one of a small handful of European countries that executed a swift and strict lockdown, and consequently was able to ease restrictions before everybody else, too. Therefore you can actually visit the Mythologies Exhibition at the Match More Gallery as if it was a totally normal thing to do, and not a rare treat during a global pandemic ( although please do everyone a favour and don't go if you suspect that you have it ).


Above: Super-close-up of 'Japanese Woman' postcard, 2013
( area in pic approx 1.5 inch x 4 inches. )


Below: Super-close-up of 'The Multiverse' postcard, 2013
( area in pic approx 2 inches x 3 inches. )



The artwork on display is a framed collection of my postcard art - that is, nine postcards are mounted inside a single frame. There is no theme, except that they are all in the pointillist or geometric style, and composed only on watercolour paper using black ink and Rotring technical drawing pens.

Thursday, 18 June 2020

HIGH-VIZ FUTURISM

Found this close-up of one of my paintings while going through my files. Love the colours and the textures.


Close-up, angled detail shot. Acrylic on box canvas, 60cm x 60cm, 2018.




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. 


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