About

 

My background is non-traditional and multidisciplinary, spanning from photography and dance to economics and urban planning, with some time spent working freelance in different types of production including book arts, film, and construction. But it is marked by an early devotion and regular return to painting.

Via an exploration of some of the most perennial themes in painting: mark-making, figure-ground relationships, pattern, repetition, depth and surface tension, text, and abstraction; I’m always honing a practice with which to explore movement, language and experience in the world.

 In my work I explore the forms, iconography, rituals, colors and surfaces of home, as well as the urban, rural, and suburban landscapes and communities surrounding home, and the degree to which wildness (nature) or conventionality (capitalism and its’ political demands, the strictures of religion and corporation) can be lived in these systems. Identity as a negotiation within this tension is also explored, its language as well a tug of war between heavily marketed mythologies (forms, iconographies) and some naturally or transcendentally sourced alternative.

contact:
pixiealexander@gmail.com

Selected Exhibitions
2019 “Flora-Bama” Gulfbird Industries Pop-up Fort Walton Beach, Fl
2018  “Lush South” Anne Hunter Galleries, Seaside, Fl
2017 Pensacola Museum of Art, visiting artist
2017 “The Flora-Bama Paintings” Amavida, Rosemary Beach
2015, 2016 Fort Walton Beach Public Library FWB  FL
2010 ETG Gallery, Staten Island, NY
2002 Savant Communications, NYC
1991 Dance Drawings/Performance: The Old Train Station. Tuscaloosa, Alabama
1987 The Mansion, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Group Exhibitions

2021 Free Punch and Pie Katzen Museum Washington DC

2020 Virtual Alumni Exhibition NYSS Artsy

2020 Ideasthasia Katzen Museum Washington, DC

2019 ICA Summer Selections Villa Pieve Corciano, Italy
2019 Katzen Arts Center MFA open studios Washington DC
2018 Cinco Banderas Artel Gallery Pensacola, FL
2018 Something about Shakespeare ADSO FWB- juried show- 1st place
2018 Okaloosa Public Arts Artists Choice Exhibition Okaloosa County                         Administrative Building –juried show- honorable mention

2017 Emerald Coast Wellness Festival Mattie Kelly Destin, Fl
2016 Take me Home Artel Gallery Pensacola FL. –juried show, 2nd place prize

2015 Kludge The Art Factory Patterson, New Jersey

2015 Sweet Art For Your Sweetheart Charles Johnson Gallery FWB FL

2015 March on 50/50 Charles Johnson Gallery FWB FL

2015 Conceptual Notions Full Circle Gallery FWB FL

2014 Community Show Full Circle Gallery FWB FL –juried show, 2nd place

2012 Citizen X Deep Tanks Staten Island, NYC- with Kristofer Johnson

2010 Bal Ashram Benefit Auction Shakti Yoga Center, Staten Island, NYC

2006 Blender: Sundaram Tagore Gallery. Chelsea, NYC

2005 The Olive Tree Review:Hunter College.NYC

2003 Art at Lavacity: Union City, New Jersey

2002 Language in Conversation: The Painting Center. Soho, NYC

2002 Kamikaze: E=MC2. Williamsburg,  Brooklyn

2002 Permeable Borders: Akus Gallery, University of Connecticut,                            Willimantic

2001 The 21st Century Suffragettes: Sideshow. Williamsburg, Brooklyn

2001-02 The Christmas Show: Sideshow, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

2001 Painting Church’s Territory: Old Opera House. Hudson, NY

1999, 2000 Summer Show:Chautauqua Gallery of Art.Chautauqua, NY

1999 Landscapes and Abstractions: Credit Suisse Bank. Manhattan

1996 The “L”:Williamsburg, Brooklyn

1996 The Valentine Show Jacklight Gallery NYC

1993 The Salon of the Mating Spiders: Test-Site. Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Education

2021 MFA American University

2010 MSUP Columbia University, School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

2007 BA Hunter College Art History/Urban Studies/Economics, cum laude, Olive Tree Review, Urban Club.

2001 Certificate/painting The New York Studio School: Milton and Sally Avery Award, Merit Awards, Painting Prize The Slade London, 1999 exchange

1998 & 99, summers, The Chautauqua School of Art, Full Award

1987 The Art Students’ League, Full Scholarship

1989-91 Merce Cunningham Dance Studio

1984-86  The University of Alabama, Mary M. Morgan Art Scholarship

T.A.’s and
Internships

2019-2021 American University Art Department

1992-97  The International Center for Photography, NYC
1992 The Center for Book Arts, NYC

1993 Dieu Donne Paper, NYC

Residencies
The Vermont Studio Center, January 2002
ACI Residency Corciano, Italy 2019