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Rebuilders

Rebuilders
Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats, Acrylic and Powder Coated Aluminum on Panel 40"x 30" each 2017

Clearing

Clearing
Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats and Powder Coated Aluminum on Wood Panel 50" x 40" 2017

Micro Movements

Micro Movements
Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats, Acrylic and Powder Coated Aluminum on Wood Panel 40"x 30" 2017

Fit and Tone

Fit and Tone
Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats, Acrylic and Aluminum on Wood Panel 40" x 30" 2017

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About Alex

Alex Ebstein is an artist, curator and writer based in Baltimore, MD. Recent exhibitions include Alex Ebstein & Stefano Calligaro at Frutta in Rome, Italy; Form/Fit, a solo show at Cuevas Tilleard in New York;  After Space at Loyal Gallery in Stockholm, Sweden; Implicit Horizon at Mixed Greens in New York; Material Matters, juried by Erin Cluely at WoCA in Fort Worth, TX; and Baltimore Contemporary Cross-Section, curated by Ginevra Shay at Silvermine Art Center in New Caanan, CT.... more

Fad Bodies

Fad Bodies
presented at Victori + Mo in April of 2017

Reflecting a progressive shift in the artist’s overall practice, this installation features abstractions sourced from the body and demonstrates a gradual separation from her intimate relationship with paper and small-scale drawings. Subsequent to her diagnosis of glaucoma and the multiple surgeries to save her vision that followed, Ebstein had an artificial lens placed in her eyes resulting in long-term vision aberrations that landed her somewhere between near and far sightedness. This was the catalyst for her work becoming increasingly tactile.

Ebstein’s wall-bound pieces, presented as painting, are made with hand-cut yoga mats and powder-coated aluminum forms bolted to the image’s picture plane. Gaps between the pieces of mat reveal the painting beneath the collaged surface and emphasize the imperfect presence of the hand.

The exhibition’s main sculptural assemblage, ceramic pieces presented on tile topped tables made by the artist, hold Yoni Eggs. These nest-like display structures investigate the aesthetics of marketing accessory and adornment — superfluous objects associated with the body.

An additional side effect of glaucoma, Ebstein found she could no longer practice yoga. The move to mats as material in her pieces started as a physical act of separation. Acting as a synthetic proxy for the body, the pieces participate in a consideration of the body in design, a simultaneous absence/presence of functionality and the standard assumed proportions it serves. Ultimately Fad Bodies creates an analog to spaces hyper-tuned to the body, like the gym, sauna or dance studio, yet one devoid of utility. They suggest bodies on display even as they are not present.

Alex Ebstein - Frutta Exhibiiton

A: Queue
S: Cuscino
A: Column
S: Goccia
A: Form
S: Bucatarie
A: Gather
S: Ratatouille A: Exchange S: Socks
A: Whisper
S: Narice
A: Call a friend.

Stefano Calligaro and Alex Ebstein
Frutta, March 10 - April 16
www.fruttagallery.com

  • Frutta Install View

    Install View
    Alex Ebstein & Stefano Calligaro at Frutta March 2016 Rome, Italy
  • Install View Frutta 2

    Alex Ebstein & Stefano Calligaro at Frutta March 2016 Rome, Italy
  • A Concentration of Objects

    A Concentration of Objects
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats, Acrylic and Enamel on Wood Panel 14" x 11" 2016
  • Frutta Install View

    Install View
    Installation View of Stefano Calligaro & Alex Ebstein at Frutta Rome, Italy March 2016
  • Brow

    Brow
    Brow Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats, Acrylic and Enamel on Wood Panel 14" x 11" 2016 in artist-made frame
  • Brow 2 (Oddball)

    Brow 2
    Brow 2 (Oddball) Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats, Acrylic and Enamel on Wood Panel 24' x 20" 2016 in artist-made frame
  • The Human League

    Human League
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats, Twine, Acrylic and Enamel on Wood Panel 38" x 32" 2016
  • Installation View Frutta

    Install view
    Installation View Frutta Rome, Italy March 2016
  • Night Gathering

    Night Gathering
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats, Acrylic and Twine on Wood Panel 24"x 20" 2016 in artist made frame
  • Haunted Memories

    Haunted Memories
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats, Acrylic and Enamel on Wood Panel 24" x 20" 2016 in Artist-made frame

Mat Works 2016

My current work investigates the body and narrative through mixed media abstraction. Using yoga mats, a synthetic proxy for the organic body, I suspend gestures and forms in a plane of tactile, utilitarian material displayed as 2D works. Generated from an exaggeration of corporeal imperfection, the shapes emote and participate in their environments, playful, sardonic and absurd.

  • Portal 2

    portal 2
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats, Acrylic, Twine and Enamel on Wood panel 36" x 24" 2016 in artist-made frame
  • Weekender

    weekender
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats on Wood Panel 24" x 20" 2016 in artist made frame
  • Bright Lights

    bright lights
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats and Twine on Wood Panel 24" x 20" 2016 in artist-made frame
  • Double U

    Double U
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats, Acrylic and Enamel on wood Panel 18" x 14" 2016 in artist made frame
  • Complicated Pang

    pang
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats and Enamel on Wood Panel 14" x 11" 2016 in artist-made frame
  • Untitled

    untitled
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats and Acrylic on Wood Panel 14" x 11" 2016 in artist-made frame
  • Timezones

    timezones
    Hand-cut PVC Yoga Mats and Twine on Wood Panel 36" x 24" 2016 in artist-made frame
  • Loudest Whispers

    Loudest Whispers
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats and Twine on Wood Panel 24" x 20" 2016 in artist-made frame
  • Findings

    findings
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats and Enamel on Wood Panel 24" x 20" 2016 in artist-made frame

Mat Works 2015 - 2016

My current work investigates the body and narrative through mixed media abstraction. Using yoga mats, a synthetic proxy for the organic body, I suspend gestures and forms in a plane of tactile, utilitarian material displayed as 2D works. Generated from an exaggeration of corporeal imperfection, the shapes emote and participate in their environments, playful, sardonic and absurd.

  • CatnFeathers

    Cat Feathers
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats and Enamel on Wood Panel 14" x 11" 2016
  • Gathering The Moon Milk 1&2

    Gathering The Moon Milk
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats on Wood Panel 72" x 100" (total diptych apx) 2015
  • Shell Orbit

    Shell Orbit
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats and Powder-Coated aluminum on Wood Panel 36" x 24" 2016
  • Myth Map

    Myth Map
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats, Acrylic, Twine and Enamel on Wood Panel 37" x 32" 2015
  • Dawn Gathering

    Dawn Gathering
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats on Wood Panel 37" x 32" 2015
  • Glyph Scroll

    Glyph Scroll
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats and Twine on Wood Panel 20" x 16" 2015
  • Victory in Wasteland

    Victory in Wasteland
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats and Acrylic on Wood Panel 14" x 11" 2015
  • Arid Arrangement

    Arid Arrangement
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats on Wood Panel 24" x 20" 2015
  • Basic Charms

    Basic Charms
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats and Enamel on Wood Panel 14" x 11" 2016
  • Vessel

    Vessel
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats, Acrylic, and Enamel on Wood Panel 37" x 32" 2015

Mats 2014 - 2015

  • Embedded IMG

    Embedded Img
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats, Twine, Acrylic and Colored Pencil on Wood Panel 36" x 24" 2014
  • Studied Simplicity

    Studied Simplicity
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats on Wood Panel 72" x 48" 2015
  • Inlet

    Inlet
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats and Acrylic on Wood Panel 14" x 11" 2015
  • xlthlx encrusted

    xlthlx encrusted
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats and Acrylic 14"x 11" 2015
  • Catskills

    Catskills
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats Acrylic and Twine on Wood Panel 24" x 20" 2015
  • Divided Vista

    Divided Vista
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats, Twine and Acrylic on Wood Panel 37" x 32" 2015
  • Parlour

    Parlour
    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats, Twine, Acrylic and Enamel on Wood Panel 37" x 32" 2015

Selected Works On Paper

Works on paper made between 2010 and 2016

  • Banana Fans

    Banana Fans
    Mixed Media on Paper 8" x 6" 2015
  • Untitled

    untitled
    Acrylic on Paper 17" x 13" 2014
  • Untitled

    Untitled
    Mixed Media on Paper 22" x 18" 2012
  • Eye Chart 1

    Eye Chart
    Ink and Gouache on Paper 10" x 10" 2010
  • oh cubed

    oh cubed
    Collage and Ink on Paper 20" x 16" 2010
  • gridwork 6

    Gridwork 6
    Ink on Torn Paper in Artist-Made Frame 25" x 19" 2014
  • gridwork 7

    Gridwork 7
    Ink on Torn Paper in Artist-Made Frame 25" x 19" 2014
  • Eye Chart 2

    Eye Chart 2
    Ink and Gouache on Paper 8" x 8" 2010
  • U Droop2

    U Droop 2
    Mixed Media on Paper 14" x 11" 2010
  • Untitled

    photo litho
    2 color photo-lithograph on Paper 20" x 16" 2014

Selected Mixed Media Works

Works made between 2010 and 2016

  • Untitled

    Untitled
    Acrylic, Enamel and Yarn on Wood Panel 20"x 16" 2012
  • Sewn Side Stripes

    Sewn Side Stripes
    Acrylic and Yarn on Wood Panel 14" x 11" 2010
  • off the grid shifts

    Off the grid shifts
    Acrylic, woven twine and Natural Dyes on Canvas 24" x21" 2014
  • Cosmic tumblr

    Cosmic Tumblr
    Acrylic, Enamel and Twine on Wood Panel 13" x 11" 2012
  • Untitled

    Untitled
    Acrylic, Potting Soil, Twine and Museum Board on Wood Panel 16" x 12" 2012
  • The Yarns You Weave

    The Yarns You Weave
    Acrylic and Woven Twine on Cavas over Wood Panel 20" x 16" 2012
  • Untitled

    Untitled
    Acrylic, Potting Soil, Twine and Museum Board and Enamel on Wood Panel 13" x 9" 2012
  • Untitled Tasthaare

    Untitled Tasthaare
    Burlap, Twine, Faux Leather, Cotton and Acrylic on Wood Panel 40" x 30" 2012
  • Untitled Grid

    Untitled Grid
    Acrylic, Enamel, Dyes and Woven Twine on Canvas 20" x 15" 2014
  • White Lines

    White Lines
    Acrylic, Twine and Colored Pencil on Wood Panel 12" x 9" 2011

Selected Installations

2013 - 2016

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