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Alexandra Noel

Artist Portrait: “Y, a self portrait”, 2019 4 x 5 x 1” Oil and enamel on panel

Alexandra Noel (b. 1989) currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She graduated with a BA in Visual Arts from the University of San Diego in 2011 and a MFA from Art Center College of Design in 2013.

Alexandra Noel’s small-scale paintings reveal uncanny assemblages of images. She concentrates on things depicted in a manner somewhere between surreal and familiar: newborns, home objects, and suburbia landscapes. She incorporates these aspects into far-flung imagined landscapes, tragic scenarios, and reinvented cinematic moments. The little panels hint at the size difference between human bodies and electronic devices. She zooms in, crops, stretches, and rescales her little panels as if they were images on screen. The audience is invited to view them from a very intimate perspective. Meanwhile, she emphasizes the tension between being sculptural and illusionistic. As a painter, Noel establishes a linguistic parallel to the dystopic and magical themes of her works by writing fiction that resembles the tone of poetry or a movie.

Alexandra Noel lives and works in Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions include Four, Derosia, New York, US (forthcoming), Table, Crevecoeur, Paris, France, Funny Looking, Antenna Space, Shanghai, China, There’s always something, Derosia (Bodega), New York, US, Master Planned, Freedman Fitzpatrick, Paris, France, Just a head, Atlantis, Marseille, France, and Theatre Road, Parker Gallery, Los Angeles.

Recent group exhibitions include A Minor Constellation, Chris Sharp Gallery, Los Angeles, (forthcoming) Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows, Cleveland Institute of Art, Front Triennial 2022, Cleveland, Ohio, Chambres d’Amis: Ikea, Office Baroque, Antwerp, Belgium, Particularities, curated by Chris Sharp, X Museum, Beijing China, Made in L.A. 2020: a version, Hammer Museum and The Huntington, Bolthole, with Orion Martin, Potts, Los Angeles, A Cloth Over a Birdcage, Chateau Shatto, Los Angeles, Metamorphoseon, Galerie Sultana, Paris, France. Recent publications include “Thirty Stuffed Grape Leaves” and “Ricky Rides Rick” published by Apogee, Derosia and Holoholo and “Take me out, please” published by Bodega (Derosia) and saxpublishers.

“Wedgies”, 2022 2 ¾ x 4 ½ x ¾” (x2) Oil and enamel on two panels Currently on view at Front Triennial, Cleveland Institute of Art
“Skyscape Under Table”, 2022 4 x 4 ½ x 2 ¾” Oil and enamel on panel and wood Currently on view at Crevecoeur, Paris, France
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