Artist: Alice Andreini
Exhibition: No Mans Land
Media: Painting, oil, wax.
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
Website: Alice’s Site
About the Artist
For this weeks exhibit I had the pleasure of seeing Alice Andreini’s works of art. Alice is a graduate student at Cal State Long Beach studying in the School of Art drawing and painting department. I learned that this exhibition was put on to serve as her thesis for her degree. Alice has been interested in art since she was small and through her college career switched around a lot until she landed in drawing and painting. She hopes to get her graduate degree then continue with her work in painting.
Alice’s exhibit was interesting. Most of her paintings were huge things, hanging on the walls of the room. I found there to be a lot of unintended form in her paintings. Her paintings each seem to stick with a certain color scheme and the colors she chooses compliment each other remarkably. In her painting, you could see the outlines of beautiful landscapes, although they are formed in an abstract way. The paintings are done in a way that they absorb the viewer, both with their content, and the choice of colors. They also have a hint of ruggedness to them that appeals to the viewer.
In her Artists statement, Alice points out that she is trying to convey how we as humans perceive our world and how landscapes are perceived end up revealing ones own culture. I found that she was able to convey this idea well and I did find that my own culture shaped my perception of her paintings. Alice stated, “the viewer is seduced and implicated in a privileged and predatory positionally from which the landscape is appreciated add consumed as an aesthetic object of untroubled contemplation and power”. I feel that this line perfectly describes her exhibit, one is able to enjoy her remarkable ability and see the landscapes as she intended them to be seen.
Synthesis / My Experience
I found Alice’s exhibition to be very intriguing. As I stated above, I feel she has mastered the use of color as is evident in her work. The color schemes she chooses resonate with one another in her paintings. The landscapes she created employs the viewer to look with their own eyes and see these wild and innocent scenes. This in turn causes the viewer to reflect upon these landscapes with their own experiences and cultures. I believe Alice’s style is astonishing. She is able to capture the viewer both with her ability in painting and her ideas and am confident that she will make it in the art world.