Artist: Alice Andreini
Exhibition: No-Man’s Land
Media: Drawing and painting
Gallery: Max L. Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
Alice Andreini is graduate student at CSULB’s School of Art and is majoring in drawing and painting, working on getting her Master’s degree in Fine Arts. This exhibition served as her thesis for her degree. She is originally from Minnesota but found her self in San Diego a couple months back and then ended up in Long Beach for school. She always had an interest in art as a child but was too scared to pursue it as a career since it was not practical for her situation. Due to this, for undergraduate degree she went with medicine science initially, but then eventually switched to theater arts when she came to realize that she needed to pursue at least some type of art course. When Alice is not working on her paintings in the studio she enjoys reading philosophy and poetry in her free time. After she receives her Master’s degree, she plans on to continue to create paintings and become a college professor. How cool!
When I first walked into Andreini’s exhibition, I first laid eyes on five very large canvases (except for one canvas that was small and black and white). The paintings were detailed to the max. They contained many colors and layers of paint that gave them a sort of 3D effect. The pieces also had several geometric lines and shapes that gave the paintings an illusion of a virtual grid. It was transparent that these were landscapes of golf courses but with a bit of abstraction and surrealism. Golf courses are known for being very nature filled and picturesque. However, Andreini challenges this notion with her paintings by creating a new way to experience nature in her eyes.
Andreini mentioned that the way her landscapes are framed, shows her ideologies of a culture. In the US, there is a frame for nature where it is presented as an uncontaminated “truth” even though it as already been appropriated as a body of symbols. According to Andreini, nature is regarded as a “pure” form but it’s innocence has been ruined and used to profit through expansions of territories and “owning the most land”. In her art, she reveals the constructs and seductions of the landscapes. The golf courses represent the allure of the American pastoral but she works them into a net of spatial and ideological constructs that are unveiled to create a new realm where perceptions are disrupted. This her new way of experiencing the world that we live in.
Synthesis/ My Experience
Initially, it was weird to think of nature as being something related to technology, considering that technology is anything but natural! I had no clue that her paintings were nature landscapes because they do not resemble anything natural. It is quite intriguing how she created a landscape while making it look like an movie creators rough draft piece. Her art opens eyes and makes you think entirely different on nature and its relational qualities towards technology.