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alexander herzog

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untitled , 2012 MDF, Oil, Enamel, Graphite 24x24in © alexander herzog
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untitled, 2012 Oil, Graphite, Enamel 48x48in © alexander herzog
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untitled, 2012 MDF, Oil, Graphite, Enamel 48x48in © alexander herzog
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untitled, 2012 MDF, Oil, Graphite, Enamel 48x45in © alexander herzog
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untitled, 2012 MDF, Oil, Graphite, Enamel 48x41in © alexander herzog
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greys, 2012 Mdf, Oil, Graphite, Enamel 10x8in © alexander herzog
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greys, 2012 Mdf, Oil, Graphite, Enamel 10x8in © alexander herzog
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greys, 2012 Mdf, Oil, Graphite, Enamel 10x8in © alexander herzog
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greys, 2012 Mdf, Oil, Graphite, Enamel 8x8in © alexander herzog
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greys, 2012 Mdf, Oil, Graphite, Enamel 8x10in © alexander herzog
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greys, 2012 Mdf, Oil, Graphite, Enamel 8x9in © alexander herzog
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untitled, 2012 MDF, Oil, Graphite, Enamel 48x48in © alexander herzog
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unitled, 2012 MDF, Oil, Graphite, Enamel 26x42in © alexander herzog
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untitled, 2012 MDF, Oil, Graphite, Enamel 24x32in © alexander herzog
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untitled, 2011 MDF, Oil, Graphite, Enamel 49x42in © alexander herzog
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untitled , 2011 MDF, Oil, Enamel, Graphite 4x4ft
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untitled , 2011 Acrylic, Graphite, Enamel, Oil 4 X 4ft
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untitled, 2011 Acrylic, Enamel, Graphite,oil 4 X 4ft
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untitled, 2011 Acrylic, Graphite, Enamel, Oil 2 X 2 Ft
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untitled, 2011 Acrylic, Enamel, Graphite, Oil 2x2ft
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untitled, 2011 Acrylic, Enamel, Graphite, Oil 2x2fy
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untitled, 2011 Acrylic, Enamel, Graphite, Oil 2x2
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untitled, 2011 Acrylic, Enamel, Graphite,oil, 4x4ft
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untitled , 2011 Acrylic, Enamel, Graphite,oil, 4x4ft
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untitled, 2010 Acrylic, Enamel, Graphite 3 X 2ft
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untitled , 2010 Acrylic, Enamel, Grapgite 3 X 3.5 Ft
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untitled, 2012 Plastic, Wood © alexander herzog
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untitled, 2012 Plastic Wood © alexander herzog
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untitled , 2012 Plastic, Wood © alexander herzog
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untitled, 2012 Mdf, Vinyl, Straps © alexander herzog
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untitled, 2012 Mdf, Vinyl, Straps, © alexander herzog
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confessional, 2009 Resin Installation
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picture 40, 2008 Mdf, Resin, Acrylic, Graphite 2x4ft
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picture 48, 2008 Mdf, Resin, Acrylic, Graphite 4 X 4ft
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picture 13, 2008 Mdf, Resin, Acrylic, Graphite 4x5ft
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picture 16, 2007 Mdf, Resin, Acrylic, Graphite 4 X 4ft
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picture 15, 2007 Mdf, Resin, Acrylic 5 X 4ft
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picture 17, 2007 Mdf, Resin, Acrylic, Enamel 6x4ft
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picture 14, 2007 Mdf, Resin, Acrylic, Graphite 4 X 2ft
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picture 11, 2006 Mdf, Resin, Graphite, Acrylic 4 X 4ft
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picture 13, 2006 Mdf, Resin, Acrylic 4x4
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picture 10, 2008 Mdf, Resin, Acrylic 4 X 8ft
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picture 12, 2004 Mdf, Resin, Acrylic, 4 X 8ft
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picture 9, 2003 Mdf, Resin, Acrylic 4x4ft
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vzzzzz, 2003 Mdf, Resin, Acrylic 4x7ft
Quick Facts
Birthplace
colorado
Birth year
11-25-1975
Lives in
chicago
Works in
saic
Schools
NorthwesternUniversity, 2004, mfa
Tags
alexander herzog painting, abstract
Statement

Challenging distinctions between painting and sculpture with an investigation of unconventional materials, I have concentrated my practice on a kind of mark that exhibits the visual conflict of trauma in a state of stasis.

 In a series of paintings I called dent paintings, I created marks that were literal indentations on the picture plane, a kind of frontal impact onto the painted surface, like a mark made by an automobile crash.  One of my inspirations was the 1973 book Crash by English author J.G. Ballard, “an endless almanac of terrifying…and insane collisions, [with the author’s stated intention}. Yet I wanted this traumatic mark to be sensual, perfected, mechanical, a controlled gesture.1

 I incorporated additional layer to the dent painting series:  the mechanical/indexical quality of photography, while still trying to maintain an “all over and at once” depiction of the painted space without hierarchy of figure and ground.  I wanted ambiguity regarding narrative in the series of images created by these dented marks.

After the completion of the dent paintings, I moved on to works cast from an industrial resin with the appearance of crumpled and discarded material.  I wanted to create a physiological state of emptiness such as would be felt after experiencing something horrific -- empty, discarded, untouched, found, and finally fetishized as an object of beauty.

 In the last. year and a half, I have worked through a new series of abstract paintings in which the marks made on the painted surface were created by a direct physical contact with my hands onto the picture plane.  These marks are fluid, frozen, tangled, lyrical, animated by the frenetic energy of gesture, like watching a conductor’s hands moving in the air in front of an orchestra, or a person in a maniac obsessive state.   I like the density of the marks, the illusion of space, very shallow and close to the picture plane.  I have moved entirely away from color and have focused more on a high contrast between the gesture and ground . 

My most recent work moves away from the physicality of the mark in an exploration of yet another non-traditional material, a film that creates surface, eliminating the figure-ground hierarchy while setting up interesting anonymous reflective possibilities for the viewer.



 

[1]  Ballard, J.G., Crash, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Sept. 1, 1973.