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Alejandro S. Arizpe III Artist using "Materials of Circumstance"

By Alejandro S. Arizpe III

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Alejandro S. Arizpe III, born in Houston, Texas 1976. His father was a magician, casual pilot and masked wrestler. His mother was the magician's assistant as well as a Flamenco dancer.


Alex moved to L.A. in 2005 set on launching a career as a drummer in the band The Business Machines, but Alex's passion for painting and sculpting prevailed.


Using specifically enamel on canvas and industrial wire for sculpting, Alex calls these the "materials of circumstance" which he spends weeks and months shaping into vivid and expressive images of a painful human condition.


Earlier sculptures were made with thin wire wrapped and weaved around a semi-skeletal frame. In later work, he used single strands of thicker wire individually attached one by one to the sculpture frame giving a more refined look.


The paintings: the interior depicts the human figure as the central carrier of creative intention and figures inner deformation and mutilation as the prime conveyor of the human predicament. The exterior remains still and quiet. An unstable diabetic and recent two-time cancer survivor, Alex's work derives from the loss of one's humanity that occurs during the almost automatic fight to survive threatening disease.


The frustration with human limitation and mortality brings a tragic dimension to his art. Everyday activities that require little effort, such as climbing stairs or showering, become nearly impossible to execute.


There is life and death, pain in struggle. No time for self-inflicted tragedies, the images in Alex's art are brought on by life's heavy-handed punches that one must roll with. You can find irony in any gallery these days, but in a time that has its share of illness and suffering, the art of Alex Arizpe does not shy away from the earnest appeal that comes from dying.              


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Published on Aug 31, 2011

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