Artist: Alice Andreini
Exhibition: No-Mans Land
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery
About the Artist
Alice has only been creating art for 6 years, of those 6 only the past 3 were spent at this school. She has always wanted to be a painter, but has only recently pursued her artistic interests. Teaching is her profession. She needs an activity in her life, and for her, painting is this activity. According to her website, she works in mostly oils and is both interested in portraits and landscapes.
Her landscape are both visually stunning and impressive. They are all geometrically interesting, and layered in such a thought provoking way. The colors are vivid and psychedelic at times. These paintings make me want to linger and inspect every last detail. We can see the idea of how she could have painted these in a more conventional way shine though the delightfully unconventional way she decided to depict these landscapes.
What Alice is doing with these landscapes is attacking our predetermined idea of landscapes. We think of landscapes as rather natural and clean, but these landscapes are so purposely opposite. There is a natural order we like to give to landscapes, and Alice is breaking this natural order. She starts with a static golf course and finds the machine underneath. She is influenced and interested in our changing perception of time and space, and thinking about how frightfully unaware of the natural constructs of life. Everything we do has an effect, and that is what she has shown with these paintings.
For me it is great seeing someone pursue their passion. Alice is doing something she loves and I am glad she is doing it, because the paintings she’s creating are stunning. I was in awe looking through her gallery. I enjoyed how different her landscapes are. She has created a unique take on a tried and true method of painting. I look forward to seeing more of her work in the future.