Repurposing the common codes of painting to create disruptive art

6 Sep

Alexa Meade is screwing around with our brains in a fascinating way with this collection of real-life paintings.

She paints her subjects – literally – in their environments, playing around with perceptions and dimensions in an ingenious attempt to bridge the gap between viewer and subject.

Here’s a quote from the young American on her approach:

“Spending my formative years immersed in the world of politicians and PR led to a fascination with the possibilities 
of repackaging source texts and adding superficial modifications that would profoundly alter perception. By using paint as a mask that mimics the surface attributes of my source materials, I repurpose the common codes 
of painting.”

Cool or what?

Alexa Meade painting woman in chair with lamp

Alexa Meade painting of woman in chair being viewed

Alexa Meade photographing her painting of a man with red background

Alexa Meade painting of man with red background and shades

Alexa Meade's photograph of a painted man on subway

Alexa Meade painting the Suntanner with shades

Cheers to Victoria artist Amy Cripps for the discovery.

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3 Responses to “Repurposing the common codes of painting to create disruptive art”

  1. Amy September 6, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    Thanks for the cheers Doug! 🙂
    I’m glad you were as impressed by this artist as I was. My mind is still blown… it’s everywhere… it’s pretty messy really. (in the greatest mind#@%* kind of way that only art can evoke)

  2. Doug Brown September 6, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    Did you go to her website Amy? I love the homepage.
    http://www.alexameade.com/
    It’s a cool niche she has created.

  3. Amy September 6, 2011 at 9:41 pm #

    Yes! It’s amazing! Perfectly simple and wowzers all at the same time. I just want to brush her hair…

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