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Charlie James Gallery< /strong> is delighted to present a solo show by L.A. artist Alex Sc haefer in our new space at 969 Chung King Road titled Irrational E xuberance.

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Investigating issues of excess\, criminality\, and history\, Alex Sc haefer’s paintings work together as expressive and documentary evidence of the current financial crisis\, its sources and place in history. Very recen tly\, Schaefer gained notoriety for his plein air paintings of various Los Angeles Chase Bank locations\, which he painted being consumed by fires. As performative works\, the banks aflame series was successful in drawing the ire and concern of actual Chase bankers\, who had Schaefer rousted by poli ce both during the act of painting and later at his home. Like most aburdis t overreactions\, Schaefer’s treatment as a criminal suspect also resulted in a considerable spike of press attention\, and an auction sale of the fir st burning bank painting for over $20\,000 dollars. For Irrational Exuberan ce\, Schaefer expands on the burning banks\, constructing scenes of contemp orary and historical excess that link directly to some of America’s leading corporate interests. Schaefer’s source material draws from a wide range of inputs\, from the aforementioned “landscapes” of the bank buildings themse lves\, to historical photographic imagery\, art historical scenes\, and fou nd photographic content lifted from public photo sharing sites.

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Expandin g the dialogue\, in the rear mini-gallery we will present work from Schaefe r’s landscape series dedicated to suburban housing spaces. These quiet\, mo destly sized paintings of sundry tract houses howl with emptiness and not a small amount of sadness in light of today’s economic climate. And in the b asement Schaefer’s “Fuck the 80s” work will preside\, for Schaefer the deca de that lead inexorably to our crash almost 30 years later.

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Alex Schaefer (b.1969 Los Angeles) took his BFA from the Art Center Co llege of Design in 1992. He worked 9 years as an artist in the video game i ndustry for Disney and Insomniac Games doing 2-D texture mapping\, lighting and 3-D modeling. 11 years ago Schaefer dedicated himself full time to pai nting\, and now teaches at the Art Center College of Design. Schaefer’s wor k has been covered in the LA Times\, ArtINFO\, The New York Observer\, the Huffington Post\, and Artillery Magazine. The artist lives and works in Los Angeles.

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