Alexis Courtney, Catch, 2012
Alexis Courtney - Honorable Mention, ArtSlant Prize 2013
By Kara Q. Smith
Working across media, Alexis Courtney delicately exposes vulnerable sensitivities in both the artist and the viewer. Be it pleasure and frustration, or intimacy and rupture, Courtney’s pieces oscillate between affectabilities with an effortless honesty.
Untitled, a series of photographs created over the last couple years, most prominently features the artist herself as subject. In Shorts (2013), Courtney sits topless, in a pair of cut-off jean shorts on a couch, her posture confidently poised toward the viewer, her gaze directed to the viewer’s right, focused beyond the edge of the photograph. Her pose and expression convey an intentionality and depth. She is both confronting the viewer and avoiding a direct glance, averting being read as coy. The title suggests emphasis on the shorts, a pair I learned belonged to an ex-boyfriend. Here, is Courtney missing him? Channeling him? Expressing regret or desire? In other pieces in the series Courtney is found standing naked in a kitchen holding a rag, or lying on an ironing board with her face turned directly at the viewer, or, in Catch (2012), bent over a balcony in an attempt to retrieve a fallen item...
About the Artist:
Alexis Courtney is a multidisciplinary artist working in photography, video, and installation. Her work explores human relationships through the documentation and staging of daily life, depicting the frustrations and vulnerabilities that surface. Recently, her work has been exhibited at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, Queens Nails Projects in San Francisco, and United Photo Industries in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute with a Master of Fine Arts in 2013, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2006. She lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.
About the Prize:
The ArtSlant Prize, now in its 5th year, is given to emerging artists that exhibit great potential and commitment to their artistic practice. Previous winners include Julie Davidow, Michael Zelehoski, Chantel Foretich, Robert Minervini, Holly Murkerson, Veronica Bruce and others. As part of this program, three to four winners are selected each year to exhibit at a major art fair in the United States; for the last three years, that fair has been Aqua Art Miami.
Over the course of the year, our users submit their work to be reviewed by a panel of jurors comprised of gallerists, curators, arts professionals and artists. From each round, 8 Juried Winners are selected and from this pool of exceptional artists, the winners of the ArtSlant Prize are selected. One winner will receive a purchase award and one of their works will enter the ArtSlant Collection. You can check out all the jurors and Juried Winners from 2013 here. The ArtSlant Prize 2013 purchase award winner will be announced at the ArtSlant AfterParty on Saturday, December 7th at Aqua Art Miami. Read more about the ArtSlant Prize here...