Details:

This painting depicts a vanity mirror in the dressing room, a place designated for rest that can also function as a trap.
Unframed
Signed

① Artwork:

Like a Song Playing Over and Over

This painting depicts a vanity mirror in the dressing room, a place designated for rest that can also function as a trap. This composition is part of a diverse body of work by the artist that explores ways of seeing and being seen. The series is steeped in uncanny, dramaturgic tropes from stylized razzle-dazzle stage productions: the harlequin, the vanity mirror, the curtain, the clown and the mask. The artist employs this existential iconography to question the ways in which masks, or mascs, impact the freedom and farce of daily performance.

Alex Kerr uses a variety of media—including oil, acrylic sheets, ceramic and wood—to build dizzying technicolor worlds where he can hide, either in reality or just for pretend. The artist uses repetition, redundancy and disquieting color and pattern to depict uncomfortable or embarrassing scenes that would be otherwise light-hearted. This work is a distorted fun house that veils the artist’s darkest inquiries into authentic selfhood and idiosyncratic queer identity.

Specs:

24.25 inches
16.25 inches

③ Artist:

Alex Kerr

Alex Kerr’s work depicts blithe scenes turned uncomfortable, distorted fun houses that examine authentic selfhood and queer identity. The artist builds dizzying, technicolor worlds using repetition and disquieting color and pattern—as well a variety of media, including oil, acrylic sheets, ceramic and wood. Kerr’s compositions employ the iconography of a stylized version of razzle-dazzle stage productions to pose important questions about freedom and the farce of daily performance, including: is there truth at the bottom of the lie?

Alex Kerr:
Like a Song Playing Over and Over, 2022
Oil and inlayed acrylic sheet on panel
16.3 × 24.3 inches /
Alex Kerr:
Like a Song Playing Over and Over, 2022
Oil and inlayed acrylic sheet on panel
16.3 × 24.3 inches /