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

2021 “The Flora-Bama PaintingsMobile Arts Council Mobile, AL

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

2022 Human Nature DC/AC
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

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

MFA American University

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

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

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

The Chautauqua School of Art, Full Award

The Art Students’ League, Full Scholarship

Merce Cunningham Dance Studio

The University of Alabama, Mary M. Morgan Art Scholarship

T.A.’s and
Internships

American University Art Department

The International Center for Photography, NYC
The Center for Book Arts, NYC

Dieu Donne Paper, NYC

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