Subliminal – Jason Shawn Alexander and Stephanie Inagaki

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On Saturday, May 6th, 2017, Booth Gallery is pleased to present “Subliminal”, a two-person exhibition of new works by Los Angeles-based artists Jason Shawn Alexander and Stephanie Inagaki. Alexander and Inagaki assume different approaches to their art, using different mediums, styles, and processes. However, the intent and subject of lives portrayed in their images are where the works in “Subliminal” converge. Whether the style is decorative or expressionistic, their end result is art that refuses to be void of emotion.

Alexander creates towering pieces, that impose their magnitude upon the viewer. These life-sized figures communicate through body language and expressionistic abstractions. Alternatively, Inagaki’s mixed media works portray characters that hold direct eye contact with the viewer, daring them to seek meaning within her mythologically-based narratives. Both Inagaki and Alexander’s figures are vessels for stories, purposed to transfer emotion and human experience. 

“You cannot simply hang either of our works “safely” on the wall. The work for this show is challenging, both in the interpretation of the lives being portrayed and directly due to the images “seeing” the viewer or the imposing scale. These works have much more going on than simply figurative art. These are works that tell stories. Our stories, told through figurative work. Some of it is right there, splashed in front of you, but most of it is in the subtitles, almost subliminal.” — Jason Shawn Alexander

Jason Shawn Alexander is a self-described expressionist, figurative painter, whose subjects embody the “vulnerability, fear, and underlying strength that comes from [Alexander’s] rural upbringing” in Tennessee. His painting is characterised by the exaggeration of his subjects’ expressions and proportions, thickly applied paint, murky palette, ethereal presences hiding beneath layers of paint, and the intrusion of text into the illusionistic space of the image. Before he devoted his time to painting, Alexander worked as a draftsman for comic book publishers such as Marvel, DC Comics, and Dark Horse. While he continued to make graphic illustrations, it was not until 2012 that these were shown alongside his paintings. Alexander lists among his influences Francis Bacon, Anselm Kiefer, and Cy Twombly.

A Southern California native, Stephanie Inagaki received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts and her Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. After studying abroad in Italy and living in major cities around the United States, she has returned to her roots to establish herself as a multifaceted artist in Los Angeles.

The opening reception for Jason Shawn Alexander and Stephanie Inagaki will be hosted Saturday, May 6th, 2017, from 7-11pm at Booth Gallery. The reception is open to the public, and the exhibition is on view through May 27th, 2017.

For inquiries, or to request a collector preview of the exhibition, please email paulboothgallery@gmail.com.