It seems we cannot escape the pull of consumerist society these days, which surrounds us from all sides. Alex Gross illustrates an interpretation of the subject through his immaculate surrealistic paintings. The Los Angeles based painter profoundly explains how “they all address different aspects of living in a modern, digital, consumerist, social media based society, in one way or another.”
Portrayals of young people on their phones, ghostly people, layered polka dots, floating faces, and dropping candies all mark the canvases in a recognizable way. Bold imagery and vivid, strong pops of color characterize images that are beautifully reminiscent of classic surrealism. Gross’ paintings are familiar displays of gigantic Slurpees, iPhones, designer handbags, plates filled with bacon, and social media icons, but with a twist, telling a much deeper story about our societal dependencies and disconnect. Gross explains how “[painting] allows me to manipulate imagery in a more powerful way,” which is clearly evident from these phenomenal statement-making pieces.
All images provided by the artist.