Alex Waggoner paints beautiful geometric and color blocked compositions inspired by the city she lives in, suburbia, and modern architecture. Read on to learn about the artists and other subjects that influence the fall share artist’s work.
One of my favorite things to do is to walk or drive around and just observe, snapping phone pictures whenever I see something I like. The Lowcountry has so many good, little, forgotten urban spaces. I especially like when people seemingly haphazardly do things to buildings whether it be using plywood to create a barrier or spray painting information on a door during construction. In contrast to this as-needed construction, I love seeing people work really hard to ensure their privacy. While my paintings are usually of urban spaces I really enjoy seeing uninterrupted nature as well.
1950’S AND ART DECO POSTERS
I love the color palettes from posters like these. The compositions and use of shape and pattern are awesome, too. Plus what great advertisements for such a dreamy lifestyle!
SUBURBIA AND MID-CENTURY ARCHITECTURE
A great influence comes from architecture and landscape. I am inspired in particular by the homes and communities of the 1950’s. The cookie cutter houses, the Mid-century modern buildings, and the neighborhoods with rows and rows of homes.
Before I began the architectural series I am working on now I was making work that was very conceptual and process based. Sol Lewitt’s conceptual pieces comprised of instructions that were to be executed by whomever in the intended space seemed genius to me. I still appreciate the conceptual value but I also love the repetition, monotony of line, and just how grand the wall drawings and paintings are.
The Parakeet and the Mermaid
When I saw Matisse’s “Dance (I)” in person I had what one of MY professors called a “Jesus moment.” The color and form of the ladies in the painting just knocked my socks off. I also love Matisse’s later cut out series. Once again the repetition of form is really influential to me, as well as the hard edges and color palette.
Seeing a Peter Halley painting in person may have been my other “Jesus moment.” I had seen his paintings in books but in person the Day-glo and Roll-a-Tex is otherworldly. Combine that with the harsh line and genius color use and I was floored.
Untitled (Wall) 1971
I have always loved Philip Guston’s figurative work. The way he paints shape and that yucky pink that he often used really speak to me.
Her paintings and the immediacy of how she applies paint to canvas has always been interesting to me. My paintings are usually very methodical but I really admire the way in which she paints and the stories she tells about her inspiration.
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