Alex Paik, one of the founders of the Philadelphia art space Tiger Strikes Asteroid, is having a solo show this month, his first at Gallery Joe. Using cut and folded paper to make small-scale constructions painted with
gouache and colored pencil. Paik's work, although seemingly whimsical, is informed by the complex structures found in music, particularly fugues and the polyphonic improvisions of early jazz. In a note about the show he says he's attracted to
work that is "simultaneously super abstract/cerebral and intimate, even
Don't these pieces look like 3-D versions of Thomas Nozkowski's paintings?
Paik also told me that in November he is opening a new branch of Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Bushwick. Located at 44 Stewart Avenue and called TSA, the new space will present a diverse program of artists and curatorial projects that focuses on "emerging artists from New York and beyond." The inaugural exhibition, "Finders Keepers," opens on November 9. Curated by An Hoang for Frederieke Taylor Gallery, the show includes works by Joseph Hart, Todd Knopke, Blaze Lamper, Andy Ness, and Justin Valdes.
"Alex Paik: Recapitulation Bop," Vault Gallery at Gallery Joe, Philadelphia, PA. Through November 11, 2012.
Alex Paik: Places to go (2009)
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