'Wandering wants no root' by David Alexander


TORONTO, BAU-XI PHOTO: November 5 - 19, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 5 from 2-4PM, artist in attendance

"Wandering Wants No Root" is a phrase that for Alexander describes a process, a distinct aesthetic, and a painted philosophy. Much in the same way that the artist’s brush wanders across his canvases—with linear strokes dissolving into pools of light and colour—so too does Alexander himself wander conceptually through his re-created, reflected worlds.  New work communicates a nomadic approach to both paint and process: tall reeds spontaneously sprout out of their own reflection, the water’s surface a space of distortion and multiplication. Thick brush overlays landscapes with dark, impenetrable screens; Alexander’s land is just within view, not always entirely accessible, and often unattached to clear, geographic referents. "Wandering Wants No Root" captures land as a map of shimmering surfaces, speculative spaces that bend and move before our eyes.
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