Coagula Curatorial, 974 Chung King Road, Los Angeles, CA  90012


ABEL ALEJANDRE

Abel Alejandre is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. Born in Michoacan, Mexico, he emigrated to the United States with his family in 1975. His works regularly depict and critique themes of masculinity and familial constructs. His work is mostly made with graphite, charcoal or other strictly black/white media.


The artist states: "This experience of leaving one land for another, having to constantly redefine what it means to be a human being, a man, a part of a community is a constant and central theme within my work. I am interested in narratives and vignettes about the seemingly discarded or unimportant moments that shape our culture. I believe that these discounted moments harbor importance and, in isolating these moments, I endeavor to stimulate reflection. As with other artists, my work contains autobiographical elements. In particular, I frequently explore the public and private spheres of masculinity. Ive spent some time examining the concept of masculinity, manhood, and codes of conduct through the lives of men in my life. Often, I make use of the rooster as a metaphor and symbol for manhood, valor, machismo, and patriarchy. As I interpret this beautiful, regal (albeit common) creature, its aim is to convince an opponent of its wisdom and prescience. Yet it is a fierce animal, possessing the primal instinct to fight until its enemy is dispatched. Similarly, some men embody this quality, this sense of cunning, this unique nature, making them ideal subjects of inquiry. At this stage, Ive come across no definitive answers, and seek only to record, to interpret, a lifetime of observation."


CV:

"Public Secrets", Solo Exhibit, Coagula Curatorial, 4/9/16 - 5/22/16
 "Abandoned Superhero", Solo Exhibit, Coagula Curatorial, 4/18/16 - 5/16/15

"A Tale of Two Birds", Solo Exhibit, Coagula Curatorial, 4/27/13

"La Junta / The Gathering", Solo Exhibit, Coagula Curatorial, 8/8/12 - 9/1/12


PRESS:

LA Times Public Secrets Review, 5/17/16

Los Angeles Magazine, Abandoned Superhero Feature, 4/20/15

Hyperallergic (Coagula @ Pulse Art Fair), 5/13/14


AVAILABLE WORKS

Abel Alejandre - "Trinity"Trinity
Abel alejandre - Family Tragedy
A Family Tragedy
Abel alejandre - Vote Bernie
Vote Bernie

Abel Alejandre - EntraleEntrale
Abel Alejandre - Los Kilos
Los Kilos
Abel Alejandre - Put Em Up
Put 'Em Up

Abel Alejandre - "Street Fighter"
Street Fighter
Abel Alejandre - The Trickster
The Trickster

Abel Alejandre - A little birdy told meA Little Birdy Told Me
Abel Alejandre - "Saint Sebastian"
Saint Sebastian


CONTACT

(323) 480-7852
88gallery@gmail.com