September 6, 2012—September 29, 2012 | Reception Thursday, September 6th, 6-8PM
James Harris Gallery is pleased to announce Blue or Both, an exhibition of new paintings by Alexander Kroll. With his current body of work, Kroll continues to explore a language of abstraction that is, above all, conversational. As the result of the artist’s rigorous additive process, these paintings stress the notion of thought-as-object within the pictorial realm. For Kroll, a brushstroke is not only a new imprint on the physical world, its presence is also charged with the unseen processes that lead up to its formation; each gesture initiates a continuum of relationships between artist, canvas, viewer, and all spaces in-between.
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.