Opening Reception: April 27, 2018
Closing Reception: May 25, 2018
Show Closing: June 8, 2018
About the Show
Life Itself is a prevalent theme throughout both artists' work. Topher's printmaking work depicts scenes and figures from everyday life. Within his pieces, technological effects on people and the world around them are also represented. Kristen's mixed-media drawings and paintings utilize human and botanical subjects. In her more current work, she aims to create harmony between the flora and their illustrated likenesses, via synthesis and movement. In both development and style, Kristen and Topher approach their processes with an interactive, gestural fervor, to produce highly dynamic and expressive compositions.
About the Artists
Christopher Alexander has always been fascinated with the ways in which our increasingly technological world works to maintain its analog past, and strives to bring this counterbalance to the forefront of his artwork. The resourceful nature of printmaking has made it the perfect medium to accompany him both in his years of world travel and during more reflexive studio periods. He gravitates towards tactile and expressive formats and experiment with various tools and approaches allowing each project to inform the next. Christopher also draws a great deal of inspiration from the peers he has come to know from a variety of collaborations ranging from international art colonies to print workshops he has led in the community. He finds his artwork more rewarding when collaborating with others, and he wants to continue to share the tradition of hands on creation.
Kristen is an artist who works in mixed-media, with a focus on drawing and painting. Pursuing her lifelong interest in art, Kristen graduated from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a BFA in Drawing and Painting. During this time, she also studied at the Marchutz School of Art in Aix-en-Provence, France. In Aix, she discovered her love for plein-air painting, observing nature, and making it the basis of her art. Upon finishing her BFA, Kristen returned to France for work, and again found inspiration for her painting in the country’s exceptional light, scenery, and architecture.
Kristen later moved to Japan to teach English. Engaging in Japan's culture and art was very significant for her. And it was here that she found inspiration for her current work; while in Japan, she pressed Ginkgo leaves and Plum blossoms to preserve as souvenirs. This then sparked her ongoing endeavors to integrate pressed flora into her art.
She is influenced by many disciplines and movements, including Ukiyo-e, Ikebana, as well as Abstract and German expressionism. She also loves the work of Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Matisse, and Willem de Kooning. Kristen is based out of Southport, NC. In addition to being an artist, she enjoys working with her partner at their photography business.