July 8th – October 6th, 2022
Tripla Urban Art Wall
Vernissage July 7th 5 PM – 7 PM.
Reactivity 2.0 is a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Alex Markwith, highlighting the artist’s spontaneous and intuitive approach to abstraction.
Starting with a blank canvas, Markwith begins without a specific idea of how the finished work will look. Each painting is built up in layers using acrylic, spray paint, marker, chalk and other mixed media. Balancing fast and slow movements, every gesture is a response to the previous. The process is both intensely physical and cerebral as the composition emerges in a free-form and unexpected manner, subject to change drastically at any given stage. The canvas is often rotated. The entire surface may be covered at once, and previous paint marks can be scraped off. Roughly drawn grids are sometimes used in contrast with the free-form, organic brushstrokes and spray can marks. The grids allow for different “zones” within the same canvas, where multiple modes of expression can take place. Several works are in progress at any given time, some of which are completed in one or two sessions, whereas others develop gradually over a period of months.
Because there is no reference to external objects, the process of painting becomes a central focus, relying on formal relationships of color, texture, gesture and shape to access the subconscious as a bridge between maker and viewer.
Alex Markwith (b. 1988, USA) is an American visual artist based in Helsinki, where he moved in 2020 after nine years in New York City. Known for his abstract, mixed media paintings and sculptures, he has held solo exhibitions in New York, Paris and Helsinki and has participated in over forty group exhibitions worldwide. Markwith earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design, during which he completed the European Honors Program in Rome, Italy. His work is included in numerous private collections and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Facebook event of the exhibition
Tripla Urban Art Wall curated by Helsinki Urban Art presents art by local artists who have connections to street art or graffiti. Many of the artists have also made art on the streets of East Pasila, as well as in Pasila Urban Art Center. The trimonthly exhibition presents a variety of artists, trends and styles. The exhibitions feature both original works and prints, and all works are on sale. Tripla Urban Art Wall can be found in the lobby of Sokos Hotel Tripla, which is open for everyone from 7 AM until 11 PM every day.
Alex Markwith: Reactivity Grid III
122 x 152 cm
acrylic, spray paint, graphite, charcoal and chalk on canvas