Artist: Alice Andreini
Exhibition: No-Mans Land
Media: Paint, Oil, Wax
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Max L. Gatov Gallery East
Alice Andreini is a graduate student at CSULB in the School of Art’s Drawing and Painting Program. She will be graduating in May with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Painting. Interestingly, Alice is originally from Minnesota; she moved to and lived in San Diego for a while before coming to Long Beach. Even more interesting is the fact that Alice actually learned to paint about six years ago; she has been in school for about three years studying drawing and painting and perfecting her work. After graduating, Alice plans to teach art at CSULB and continue making art. Additionally, when she is not making art, Alice enjoys hiking, reading about philosophy, and reading poetry.
The majority of Alice’s artwork was done on large pieces of canvas, although there were one or two done on smaller pieces. The majority of her artwork was filled with a variety of colors and shapes. The lines in Alice’s artwork appeared to be straight; also, the paintings had a three-dimensional appearance. Her work also appeared very smooth in its texture.
Alice stated that her artwork reflects her ideas on how people view spatial illusions. She believes that we are unaware of the mental constructs that humans have developed due to things such as cell phones. Additionally, her belief is that human activity, such as industrialism and capitalism, has altered nature in a way that makes nature not seem natural. She used her artwork to show that a natural landscape has lost its purity and innocence as a result of human activity.
I really enjoyed Alice Andreini’s No-Mans Land exhibition. When I entered the gallery, the first thing that I noticed was the smooth, hypnotizing flow of all the colors on the canvas. All the colors looked as if they belonged on the canvas, and there was no excess or lack of a certain color; all the colors looked as if they were used in the perfect amount, and were in the precise position that they were supposed to be. I also really enjoyed the smooth texture that her work appeared to have. Alice’s artwork looked soft enough to touch. Overall, I really enjoyed Alice Andreini’s exhibition.