Alex J. Peña

2016 SWAIA Indian Market

Please come visit me at my booth at this year's Indian Market! There will be surprising new pieces I have been working on throughout the summer months and beyond.

Booth 747-LIN W (My booth is located on the West side of Lincoln Ave halfway between Palace and Marcy Ave. In front of the candy store.)

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE

Artist Statement

Flowers, trees, birds, writing-like abstractions, no squared formats and especially lines are pervasive throughout my work. In most pieces I compose using at least three of the above if not all to indicate the simultaneous occurrences of dissimilar or contrasting events or emotions. There is a direct correspondence of the graphic, linear, and repetitious with personal elements of pattern-like behaviors or influences. Likewise, the flowing, curvilinear lines have the same level of correspondence with a line of thought that is purposely abstracted to keep the majority of this thoughtfulness to myself as I am often trying to decipher the language of abstract thoughts I delineate. Again, the same correspondence happens when the good and comforting are related to the representation of trees, birds and the decorative.

I assign imagery to persistent emotions and memories that have a significant impact on my daily consciousness. I am determined to find what is certain and uncertain in my life and artistic practice. I purposely place contrasts of the certain and uncertain in my art by using straight lines to indicate something relatively certain and a pattern of lines to portray something that I have found to be more concrete. The absolute is often elusive, hence the reason I place elements of abstraction with the predictable path of line and pattern.

I choose to use a variety of media to convey all of the preceding. Each media I use is naturally linked to a certain emotion or affectation: meditative-printmaking, spontaneity-painting, etc. My work is a consciously limited sharing of my thoughts and discoveries of being certain and uncertain and the tension that comes from depicting these.