Person to Person
Alex Klein’s work investigates issues of historical mediation and the materiality of ideas. In her photographs, films, and videos she examines the ways in which abstract concepts, philosophical impulses, and political subjectivity are made legible through their physical and material manifestations, particularly in mass culture, subcultural formations, and design.
Klein’s two-channel, film-to-video work, Person to Person (2010), takes its cue from a moment in pop music on the cusp of the video age. Here, the concept of “the group” is distilled to a series of procedural movements and gestures, forming an intersection where avant-garde practices, media rhetorics, and popular memory align. In the accompanying poster and photographs, this diagrammatic approach is extended to implicate both acoustic and cinematic space.
Alex Klein is an artist based in Los Angeles. She received her MFA from UCLA, her MA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and her BA from Columbia University, New York. Her work and writing have been exhibited and published both nationally and internationally. She recently edited the essay collection Words Without Pictures (LACMA / Aperture, 2010) and is a co-founder of the independent publishing imprint Oslo Editions. She is currently a Lecturer in the Roski School of Fine Arts at USC.