Alex Ziv is young pop surrealist painter who marries his love of hot rod and biker culture with pop art iconography. This mash up of bikes and pop materialism has led to strange compositions that refer back to the pop art of the 60’s while appropriating biker culture to talk about wider cultural issues. It’s refreshing to see an artist painting about a sub culture he feels passionate about and better still to see that culture represented in such a way in a fine art gallery. He’s definitely one to keep an eye out for in the future.
Here’s what he has to say about his work:
My recent work has been the truest visual testament to a cultural phenomenon I have adored since a child. My visual rhetoric streamlined to manifest personified images composed of the dated yet relevant icons of hot rod and motorcycle cultures. The abnormal devotion seen within those who devote their lives to their mechanical crafts manipulated and extended through my choice method of mark making, pointillism. Brightly coloured planes of paper purely embodies the exuberant character gradually taking over my life more and more as I delve further into making about what is important to me, motorcycles, old cars, the politics surrounding itʼs culture and the dream of one day having many of my own.
I thought I’d throw in a few details from his paintings to give you a better idea of his pointillist techniques and use of classic pop art colour palettes. You can see Ziv’s work at the Fecal Face Dot Gallery, 2277 Mission Street, San Francisco until 12th January, 2013