September 5, 2018—October 13, 2018 | Reception Thursday, Sept 6th, 6-8PM
James Harris Gallery is pleased to announce our fifth solo exhibition titled 5 Paintings by Los Angeles artist, Alexander Kroll. These new pieces add to a rich body of work that continues to investigate the unending possibilities for abstraction in distinct ways. In these new works, Kroll acts as translator, using decisive brushwork, strong color and line to bring the cerebral into the physical world. This so-called translation is not a single or swift action, but a constant negotiation between artist and canvas. The work we see is the articulation of an active psyche.
Alexander Kroll is a painter that works mainly in an abstract expressionist style. However, his works have fluorescent color palettes and are made on a large-scale to bring them into the contemporary art world. The colors in his works are layered and work together in ways that create a kind of rhythm in the works. It also allows viewers to see the process of how Kroll’s works came to be. Painting, for the artist, is a conversation in which one mark leads to the next; and one completed work leads to another.
His work has been exhibited at CB1 Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), ACME, (Los Angeles, CA), Lincoln Center (New York, NY), Torrance Art Museum, (Torrance, CA), Jessica Silverman Gallery, (San Francisco, CA), The UCLA New Wight Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), The Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design (Los Angeles, CA), The Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena, CA) and many others. Kroll received his BA from Yale University followed by MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2008. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.