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Tu’mor or Not Tu’mor. Alex’s Brooklyn Art Show.

18th June 2012

A few weeks back, Alex came out to the Cotton Candy Machine gallery/shop, in Brooklyn, to show off his tumors….and things that were mistaken for tumors!

Alexs cartoon vector images are incredible. Its usually brightly colored, full of boils, squiggly lines, and little happy reoccurring characters that are always having an adventure within his own world. He works harder than anyone I’ve ever met, to constantly create something new in his own witty and vibrant style. His dedication to his work always shines through and is constantly evolving into something new. One of the things I love most about Alexs work is the way that he presents it. Alex goes above an beyond to always try and make an event that represents him, as memorable as possible for both novice observers and serious critics.

He’s thrown fake birthday parties equipped with balloons and pizza and a raffle drawings for prints. He even used to host weekly movie nights where he would paint something and give away prints of it, to coincide with the movie he chose to play that night.

He keeps his work fun, personal, sometimes random, and always beautiful with its own unique style. It very much reflects who he is as a person, in that way.

For this art show called “Tu’mor or not Tu’mor”, Alex started with the idea of embracing the fact that people tend to compare the weird lumpy monsters he creates, to tumors. He dressed up like talk show host Maury Povitch, covered his body in cancerous looking lumps, and curated his show of black sillouettes under the staged name “Tu’maury”. He turned his art show into a game show! People were brought up to guess if the painting they were about to see was a tumor or not, in order to win prizes.

For those who couldn’t make it out to the show, I constructed a video version so you can play at home!

We also made a little b&w zine of his tiny tumor characters that are also displayed in the gallery. I even got to add some characters of my own! The Tumor Town zines were given out to the first 150 people to show up to the shows opening.

I had a fun time helping him with the finishing touches of the show and taking photos through out the process. Some photos of which got shown off through fancy art sharers like Juxtapoz and Hi-Fructose!

Alex did a recap of his show, on his own blog. I figured I’d share some photos I took from the week I got to linger around the Cotton Candy Machine until the wee hours of the morning, too!

Genavieve is an awesome makeup artist and was kind enough to spend her Saturday giving Alex his tumor.

I was also SO happy to see my Smo and James that night

This was the night I find out, through Smos beard, that even facial hair can form split ends!

All of the paintings, drawings, and wall mural from Alex Pardees show are on display at the Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn, NY until the end of the month. So if you feel like you’ve completely missed out, you haven’t yet!

Paper Cuts Over Perspiration

21st December 2011

The other day Alex and I were in my unheated apartment, shivering, with roughly a billion sheets of blank paper, a pair of glasses, the sun.

We were fucking FREEZING! Someone suggested getting a “sweater”(?) I don’t know what that is, but it sounds like a villain whos only power is to make you perspire. To which I say “Gross. No thank you.”

Anyways, out of desperation for heat, we nearly set the paper on fire but instead of being destructive, we found ourselves making the wiser decision to be constructive!

24 hours later, we had 100 copies of a ‘zine with the theme of “free”.

This free drawing lessons with Alex and free photos by me, along with free advice, free reviews, and free-dumb of speech and many other things are in our new zine!

Naturally, we’re giving them out for free on December 22nd (thats today, dummy!) at noon in front of Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn, NY.

Come by and get one from us in the Free-Zine cold! Hopefully Alex won’t have turned into an Alexicle and I will still be known as Chloe and not Snowy, by then.

As fun as freezing to death as a result of creating fun things your friend sounds, we’d rather not be swimming with the jellyfishes quite yet.