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Alex McLeod

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Terror Twilight (detail), 2010 © Courtesy of the artist & The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA)
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Glass Rainbow Forest, 2010 C-print 40 X 60 Inches, Ed. 1/1 © Courtesy of the Artist and Anno Domini
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The Previous Greenhouse, 2010 Digital C-print 32 X 48 Inches
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Secret Mysteries, 2010 Computer Generated Images © Image courtesy of the artist
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Blood Clouds, 2011
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Rainbow Island C-print 40" × 40" © Courtesy of the artist and Angell Gallery
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Blue Lake , 2013 C-print 48" × 48" © Courtesy of the artist and Angell Gallery
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Outwolrd , 2013 C-print 36" × 36" © Courtesy of the artist and Angell Gallery
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Rainbow Hills, 2013 C-print 36" × 36" © Courtesy of Angell Gallery
Quick Facts
Works in
Toronto
Representing galleries
Tags
mixed-media, installation, realism, landscape, surrealism, photography, digital, sculpture
Statement

Alex McLeod constructs hyperrealistic 3D environments filled with crystalline mountains, fiery lakes, and rotund clouds, all rendered in a sickly sweet and gooey candy-colored palette.  Recalling the wide-open vistas of Romantic landscape painting while at the same time staging otherworldly dystopias, McLeod’s CGI prints act as hybrid spaces that imply an almost infinite recombination of the past and present, the real and virtual.  Beneath their seductively polished surfaces, of glimmering fortresses and floating geometric abstractions, lies a haunting stillness that comes forth in the aftermath of cataclysmic events.  The cause of destruction remains unknown in these depopulated spaces -there are no people in these images, however much human traces remain in the rickety railways and empty fortresses.  And yet, from the twilight of devastation shown in these strange dioramas lies possibilities for hope and rebirth in our own digital milieu through the artist’s new approaches to concepts as varied as ecological responsibility and the shared intersections between photography and painting.