R. Alexander’s group exhibition, The Allure of the Figure, is a collection of select works by internationally and nationally acclaimed artists including Jose Borrell, Javier Arizabalo, Roman Frances, Giner Bueno, Oscar Mersch and sculptures by Paige Bradley and Marton Varo. The Allure of the Figure aims to showcase the gallery’s diverse collection and various artists’ approach to the human body. The show will be on display at R. Alexander Fine Art from March 20 to April 13, 2015.
On view will be works by artist Javier Arizabalo who aims to emphasize the formalistic qualities of the body via a hyperrealistic painting style. The viewer is caught up in the minute details of the skin, the contrasts between light and shadow, and the realistic qualities that transform paint into flesh.
In contrast, Paige Bradley portrays the human form beyond the physical and emphasizes the body as a vessel for expressing greater emotional ideas that transcend form. For Bradley, the body is not only a metric for physical human beauty but a structure useful for expressing human emotion, vitality, and energy. Bradley states, “The figure, to me, is the perfect vehicle to communicate the human condition.” Her dynamic sculptures portray figures in action, pushing physical limits, to convey the determination and inner strength of each individual.
Jose Borrell and Roman Frances’s figures are realized with a dreamlike quality, given their surreal surroundings of gardens and floating drapery. These works are meant to place the viewer in a tranquil state of mind while Oscar Mersch’s scenes from everyday life highlight the mundane and the connection we have to people around us.