Allan Wexler has worked in the fields of architecture, design and fine art for forty-five years. He is represented by the Ronald Feldman Gallery in New York City and teaches in the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City. Allan’s works explore human activity and the built environment. He works as an investigator using series, permutations and chance rather than searching for definitive solutions. He makes buildings, furniture, vessels and utensils as backdrops and props for everyday, ordinary human activity.
The works isolate, elevate, and amplify our daily rituals: dining, sleeping, and bathing. And they, in turn, become mechanisms that activate ritual, ceremony and movement, turning these ordinary activities into theater. It is by dissolving the boundaries between the fine arts and the applied arts, between furniture design, architecture and theatrical performance, between sculpture and interactive exhibition design and between the practice and the research of architecture, that new ideas and innovation flourishes.
In 2016 Wexler was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship Award and a grant from the Graham Foundation for the Advanced Studies in the Arts to fund his upcoming book with Lars Müller Publishers titled Absurd Thinking: Between Art and Design.
Wexler is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome and has won a Chrysler Award for Design innovation, The George Nelson Design Award from Interiors Magazine and the Henry J Leir Prize from the Jewish Museum in New York.
He has had numerous national and international solo exhibitions and has lectured on his work internationally and has been reviewed by major art and design publications.