Alex McAdoo

Alex McAdoo’s work explores the artist’s relationship with the American landscape through the lens of unacknowledged Eastern history. As a multiracial Brown American, McAdoo notes how “history can be used as one of the most powerful weapons.” As such, he has researched Eastern inventors extensively, particularly Alhazen, an Islamic Golden-Age mathematician and “the father of modern optics.” Alhazen's experiments and research on light and perspective changed how European painters approached image-making, which defies the prescribed Eurocentric story of art history. Using modern optical technology inspired by Alhazen’s light experiments—including a 360-degree camera that records images in all directions at once—McAdoo paints landscape images he collects while traveling across the US.


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