Using Plants to Clean
This painting is a response to our society’s growing dependence on electronic devices—as well as the devastating impact humans continue to have on our planet. This composition is part of a series by the artist, each work an iteration of a loose natural landscape of beasts, plants and shapes interacting with their surroundings and one another. Girard hopes that this series, at the very least, can serve as a reminder to viewers to go outside and observe the world that surrounds them.
The artist's canvases, full of colorful, organic shapes and markings, are reflections and explorations of the artist's private observations. Each work is a kind of multicultural, yet enigmatic, tableau vivant—a genre of painting that depicts still figures arranged in a scene. Girard is interested in how psilocybin, ayahuasca and other forms of plant medicine can inform the creative process over time.
Full of colorful markings and organic forms, Alexander Kori Girard canvases resemble tableaux vivants—a genre of scene painting that features still figures. The artist’s work frequently responds to the devastating impact humans have on our planet, reminding viewers to shake their dependence on electronic devices and go outside and observe the world. Girard’s process explores how psilocybin, ayahuasca and other forms of plant medicine can inform creativity over time.
Alexander Kori Girard was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1979. The artist graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2001, receiving degrees in both graphic design and illustration.
Solo exhibitions of Girard’s work have taken place at Johansson Projects in Oakland, California and Curator’s Cube in Tokyo, Japan.
Group exhibitions that have shown Girard’s work have taken place at: Gallery 16 in San Francisco, California (2020); Ace Hotel Gallery in Kyoto, Japan (2020); the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, California (2020 and 2015); Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles, California (2017); Vice Gallery in Mexico City, Mexico (2011); MoCA in Los Angeles, California (2011); Triple Base Gallery in San Francisco, California (2010); Jack Hanley Gallery in San Francisco, California (2009); and Southern Exposure in San Francisco, California (2009).
Girard’s work is held in the public collections of: the Berkeley Art Museum in Berkeley California; the Collection of the US Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique; and the Ace Hotel Kyoto in Japan; as well as numerous private collections.
Girard lives and works in Berkeley, California.
This painting is a response to our society’s growing dependence on electronic devices. The composition depicts a loose natural landscape of beasts, plants and shapes interacting with their surroundings and one another—a reminder to viewers to go outside and observe the world that surrounds them.More