Artist: Alice Andreini
Exhibition: No-Mans Land
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
Alice Andreini is pursuing her masters degree at California State University, Long Beach. She used to teach perspective drawing to designers at a community college. On her free time she enjoys reading poetry and philosophy. She also spends time on Facebook and she likes to hike.
The work is all paintings that look very similar at first glance. There are a lot of bright colors that are involved but seem hidden by the darker colors. They have a grid look to them that makes the painting look as if it has squares painted over the work. But the other shapes in the paintings are not as sharp as the squares. They seem more blurred together. These pieces are made with oil and cold wax.
These pictures address an artistic tradition where people look at nature as all “natural” when in actuality there is a lot of history behind every landscape. There were many people there before that have done many things and created their own history. People do not see that history when just looking at a landscape because you cannot just see the history. It is an abstract representation of how everything has some type of history.
Synthesis / My Experience
I did not initially think about history and people when I looked at this. I thought the pictures looked a lot like a volcano or what some representation of the underworld might look like. It seemed like there was lava creeping up from the ground. Although the blue picture did not remind me of lava, it reminded me of crystals in a cave.