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Hand-Cut Yoga Mats, Powder Coated Aluminum and Hardware on Wood Panel 2019 40" x 30"

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Dream Sellers
Installation view of Dream Sellers at Victori + Mo in New York, NY 2020

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Capsule
Capsule Hand-Cut Yoga Mats, Acrylic, Powder Coated Aluminum and Hardware on Wood Panel 40" x 30" 2020

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Hand-Cut Yoga Mats, Nylon, Faux Lashes, Embroidery, Acrylic, Powder Coated Aluminum and Hardware on Panel under Plexiglass 36" x 24" 2020

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Alex Ebstein is an artist and curator based in Baltimore, MD.  She received her MFA from Towson University in 2015, and her BA in Studio Art from Goucher College in 2007.  Recent solo exhibitions include Victori + Mo gallery in New York, NY, Cuevas Tilleard in New York, NY, Frutta Gallery in Rome, Italy and Kent Place Gallery in Kent, NJ.  She has been featured in a number of group exhibitions including show at Towson University in Towson, MD, Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, NY with... more

Dream Sellers 2020

From the exhibition press release:

Consider the life peddled to you - through pervasive cultural bias, gender stereotypes, and capitalism. The way your home looks, how you clothe yourself, access to nature and beauty. These are all topics ripe in the works of Alex Ebstein and Amy Boone-McCreesh. Dream Sellers examines the markers of success through the lens of societal pressures. Artists have long held mirrors to the worlds in which they live and Ebstein and Boone-McCreesh visually unravel what it means to exist today in a series of tactile, mixed media works. Topics including body shape preferences, advertising, slick store displays, and domestic life are pulled apart to question long held assumptions on class and the notion of upward mobility. 

Alex Ebstein’s work, created in small series, expands upon her work transforming yoga mats and powder coated metal into images of eyes, curves, limbs - literal and abstracted.  Much of the work has been made in a small, apartment studio since quarantine began and evinces a reflection of ad-punctuated virtual windows into the outside world in contrast with the solitary reality of an isolated routine.  Figments and artifacts of glamour and group fitness hover over tactile, surfaces, embellished with embroidery, acrylic and other materials.  In a world mediated through social media, aspiration and intention mingle with the dreamy, indulgent space of diary, time capsule and stasis. As the ways in which we interact are interrupted and reexamined, constraining pressures such as female competition and trends in health and beauty become flimsy symbols disengaged from their power to divide.

  • Dream Sellers - Installation

    Installation view of Dream Sellers at Victori + Mo Gallery Summer 2020
  • Shadows

    Hand-Cut Yoga Mats, Faux Eyelashes, Embroidery, Powder Coated Aluminum and Hardware on Panel In Custom Frame with glazing 36" x 24" 2020
  • Figments

    Hand-Cut Yoga Mats, Embroidery, Faux Eyelashes, Nylon, Acrylic, Powder Coated Aluminum and Hardware on Panel In Custom Frame under Glazing 36" x 24" 2020
  • Phantoms

    Hand-Cut PVC Yoga Mats, Faux Eye Lashes, Powder Coated Aluminum, Embroidery, Nylon and Hardware on Panel In Custom Frame with glazing 36" x 24" 2020
  • Installation View 2 Dream Sellers

    Installation View of Dream Sellers at Victori + Mo Gallery Summer 2020
  • Rooted Limb 1

    Yoga Mats, Powder Coated Aluminum and Hardware on Wood Panel 30" x 24" 2019
  • Rooted Limb 2

    Yoga Mats, Powder Coated Aluminum and Hardware on Panel 30" x 24" 2019
  • Rooted Limb 3

    Yoga Mats, Powder Coated Aluminum and Hardware on Panel 30" x 24" 2019
  • Installation View

    Dream Sellers - installation view 3 at Victori + Mo Gallery Summer 2020
  • Beach Bod

    Yoga Mats and Acrylic Adhesive on Panel 40" x 30" 2019

New Work 2019 - 2021

Alex Ebstein makes mixed media, tactile, abstractions using found, readymade and traditional materials - most notably yoga mats.  Her work borrows materials used in gym equipment, yoga and dance studios, and DIY construction projects to examine the tropes of self-help, wellness, the white cube and boutique fitness trends.  These specific, aestheticized spaces imply the patronage of an elite clientele, projecting health, fitness and art as an often cost-prohibitive commodity.  Ebstein uses lighthearted motifs as a counterbalance to the critical questions at the core of her work.  

  • Wave Crest / Future Tide

    Wave Crest
    Wave Crest / Future Tide Yoga Mats, Powder-Coated Aluminum and Hardware 30" x 40" 2021
  • Cold Desert Wind / Breeze Convergence

    Cold Desert Wind
    Cold Desert Wind / Breeze Convergence Yoga Mats, Acrylic, Powder-Coated Aluminum and Hardware 30" x 40" 2021
  • Dawn Glow

    Dawn Glow
    Dawn Glow Yoga Mats and Acrylic on Wood Panel 14" x 11" 2020
  • Capsule

    Yoga Mats, Acrylic, Powder Coated Aluminum and Hardware on Panel 40" x 30" 2020
  • Shimmer

    Yoga mats and Acrylic on Wood Panel 16" x 12" 2020
  • Scraps (Precious Objects)

    Yoga Mats and Acrylic on Panel 16" x 12" 2020
  • Capsule 2

    Yoga Mats, Acrylic, Enamel, Aluminum and Hardware on Panel 40" x 30" 2020
  • Collage Club

    Yoga Mats, Powder Coated Aluminum and Hardware on Panel 40" x 30" 2019
  • Memory Canyon

    Yoga Mats, acrylic, Powder Coated Aluminum and Hardware on Panel 40" x 30" 2021
  • Untitled (Bay Tides)

    Aluminum, enamel and hardware 40" x 30" 2021

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