Artist: Alice Andreini
Exhibition: NO-MANS LAND
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Gatov Gallery East
About the Artist
Alice has taken a longer route to an art degree than most of the artists I’ve talked to before. She always had the desire to be a painter, but instead she first went to school in the field of medicine. Then she switched to theater and was a set designer where she was able to paint the backgrounds for the plays. After theater Alice started teaching art classes and she realized that the cliche of ‘follow your dreams’ was really true. She wants to continue to teach, but also be a teacher with a practice and hopes to be a professor at CSULB soon.
Big canvases, with paint that shows texture. The number of colors is limited and all have a grid-like pattern.
Each of these paintings (except for the 2 small ones in the last picture) are a different version or view of a golf course. When you don’t know that, a golf course is not what comes to mind. Alice wanted to get away from representation and go more towards abstraction. The smaller paintings were her in-between where she started to transition towards abstraction. Alice had to try a few different things in order to get what she wanted at the end. She limited the colors she used and developed a process that enabled her to make the different paintings faster, but still have the same kind of effect.
Synthesis / My Experience
I really enjoyed looking at these paintings which is part of the reason I was drawn to the exhibit. Another reason is that I thought it was so interesting how big they all were. They each took up their own space and each one was unique in the colors and the grid it had, but you could also tell that they went together. I also really like the texture that the paint gave each one because it helped give it depth.