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Abel Alejandre

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Birthplace
Mexico

Birth year
1968

Lives in
Los Angeles County

Works in
Long Beach

Website

Tags
figurative

Statement

My family and I immigrated to Los Angeles in 1975 from Apatzingan, Michoacan, Mexico. This experience - that of leaving one land for another, having to constantly redefine what it means to be a person, a man, a part of a community - is a central theme of my work. The ideas of love, desire, and identity are constants, consuming me and dictating both the form and the content of what I create.

Most of my work is graphite on paper, canvas or wood. Creating a new piece is a labor-intensive process that can take hundreds of pencils and or graphite leads, and up to hundreds hours to complete.

As a base for my drawings I apply multiple layers of gesso with thick bristles, to leave behind the relief of brush strokes. After every layer I gently sand down the surface, a process that leaves behind tiny grooves like those of corduroy fabric. This resulting layer creates a nuanced, interwoven texture that serves as a base for the steps to come.

I prefer to isolate my subjects on the surface, much like a string of islands adrift in a vast ocean. My subjects then receive several layers of flowing cross-hatching. Calculated lines that dance with the fluidity of wet paint create the illusion of depth, or realism.

My drawings are like a personal journal, cataloging past insecurities, insults, and painful memories. Each piece is like an oversized blanket that is, by turns, comforting but almost suffocating. But for those willing to dig deeper, my art serves as an optimistic roadmap that depicts the intimate, honest struggle against hatred and betrayal - a struggle that ultimately leads to salvation and redemption.

Recent Exhibits

Abel Alejandre participated in these exhibits:

Nov, 2013 Size Really Does Matter
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park (LAMAG)
 
Sep, 2013 Avenue 50 Studio’s 6th Semi-Annual Fundraiser and Art Auction!
Avenue 50 Studio
 
Sep, 2013 Day of the Dead 2013
National Museum of Mexican Art
 
Aug, 2013 Summer Group Show
Coagula Curatorial
 
Jun, 2013 MANA Benefit
Garboushian Gallery
 
Apr, 2013 Unveiling: “A Tale Of Two Birds”
Coagula Curatorial
 
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