StolenSpace Gallery is proud to debut work by Philadelphia born artist Alex Eckman-Lawn. His solo show, ‘MIASMA’, is a collection of new work that pushes his multi-layered craftsmanship to a larger scale.
Alex’s artistic roots are grounded in illustrating, which serves to support his acute, compositional eye when creating the hand-cut paper collages. In his collage work, Alex uses everything from his original digital paintings to imagery from old medical texts to create new dimensions. Each layer is spaced, creating a depth that draws the viewer further into the work, and alters the composition of the image when viewed from different perspectives.
“Centuries ago, people used to think that plague was carried in literal noxious clouds, a sentient, cruel smoke. I know there’s no truth to Miasma theory, medically speaking. As a hypochondriac I’m obsessively aware of how COVID-19 is transmitted, how it “functions” without bias or cruelty. Still, I can feel this miasma all around me. It’s becoming clearer by the day that my country, the US, isn’t currently able or even willing to stop this spread. At this point I don’t fear the disease so much as the people who seem to work as its willing accomplices, and the systems that support them. Cruelty and stupidity smashed together in a self-propelled, howling maelstrom. I’ve seen my family locked away from me, my friends tear-gassed, my loved ones threatened or worse, and still the screaming charge of the miasma echoes through the air.