Alex Eckman-Lawn – Formless / Aimless / Nameless
Alex Eckman-Lawn is a Philadelphia born illustrator who spends his days in the gutter and his nights in the sewer. Alex creates multi-layered, hand-cut, paper collages using everything from his original digital paintings to imagery from old medical texts. Each layer is spaced, creating a depth that draws the viewer into the pieces. His work has appeared in comic books, on album covers, book covers, T-shirts, music videos, newspapers, and posters.
The artist's statement on Formless / Aimless / Nameless:
The title of this show is kind of aspirational for me. The last year has been a slog through endless dark muck, suddenly interrupted by brief, startling moments of ephemeral calm. The sunlight cutting hard bright shapes on the floor in my kitchen, the shifting silhouettes of distant rooftops overlapping on the horizon as I walk. The sound of a tree rustling in the wind, hearing a song I used to love but had forgotten. These moments are so intense, so blindingly bright by contrast, that I feel like I've left the specificity of my body behind and I'm finally not me; I'm not really anything at all. This work is about that feeling and those moments - the relief of a space separate from yourself where you can be nothing. I hope that I can hold onto this new kind of intermittent euphoria.
Learn more about Alex's art practice in our latest interview.
Artworks will appear below from 7am on Thursday, 3 June 2021.