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"Owlex" featured new paintings, drawings and installations from San Francisco artist Alex Pardee, completed over 31 consecutive sleepless nights. Alex's style is one conceived through watching years of horror movies, writing graffiti, and listening to gangster rap. His work best represents that of a vibrant undead circus sideshow. Final pieces are often brought to life by translating random shapes and colors into signs of torment and absurdity. By juxtaposing these two conflicting moods, Alex makes his works more personal to his viewers, forcing them to project their own feelings and emotions onto each character in his twisted universe.
For years Alex used sketch drawing and graffiti as an emotional outlet. He started photocopying collections of his sketches and scattering them around the Bay Area. He began placing his homemade books between the pages of tattoo and porn magazines, in clinic waiting rooms, and in public bathrooms. With the help of street canvas and Kinkos, Alex was able to overcome his emotional setbacks and move forward in the world of artistic expression.
In 1999 Alex was convinced by other artists to reprint his books professionally. He began working long shifts at a local toy store to finance this re-printing, and later that year My Book of Colors was released. Since the release, Alex has devoted every minute of his life to creating an entire universe of characters and monsters. In the past five years he has continued to release books like The Secrets of Hollywood and the popular Bunnywith series. The comics have spawned an entire plush line, calendars, and art exhibitions.
Alex Pardee’s devotion to his art has gained the attention of Warner Bros., Reprise Records, Upper Playground, Hurley International, RIDE snowboards, DefJux, and more. In 2004 he was tapped by the gold-selling rock group The Used to design the artwork for their album, In Love and Death, as well as the band’s merchandise, Website, marketing campaign, and a music video. He is currently working on an animated movie for Warner Bros based on the Chadam character that he created for The Used in 2007. The film should be finished around Summer 2008.
fliers, images, and descriptions of exhibitions from 2006-present