ANDY ALEXANDER: REVOLUTION
Catalogue text by Giovanni Intra
Part of the Pasadena Studio Exchange program
Following an exhibition at 1st Floor Artists and Writers Space during the course of his residency, Los Angeles-based Andy Alexander's exhibition at 200 Gertrude Street comprised a minimalist sculptural object based on the form of a packing crate. The word 'revolution' was painted around the object, directing the viewer to circumnavigate the work, whilst also alluding to political agency and slogans of the recent past. Issuing from the crate were two sets of drawings, back-lit and sandwiched between Perspex, rendered in the style of psychedelic record covers, graffiti and concert posters from the late 1960s. A self-contained box, with its own light-source, the crate also encompassed a recessed shelf of colour felt pens used to make the drawings. Alexander's Revolution conflated sculptural form, cinematic narrative and politico-linguistic motifs. Confusing the relations between minimalist sculpture and social space, and traditional notions of interiority and exteriority in sculpture, it recalled the spectacular conventions of the entertainment industry and the psycho-social interplay of art culture.