Alex Paik

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Two Part Invention, mixed media, 6 x 6 inches, 2010
Andy Gil, mixed media, 8 x 4.5 x 3.5 inches, 2010
Syncopate, mixed media, 9 x 9 x 1 inches, 2010
Countermelody, mixed media, 9 x 5 x 1 inches, 2010
In Three Movements, mixed media, 7.5 x 7 x 2 inches, 2010
Artist's Statement

My work lies somewhere between a painting, a toy, and a song. I guess you could call them visual toy songs, but that would sound really lame. I’m not really a formalist in the sense that I agree with the Platonic undertones or the inherent Modernist dogma associated with it, but more like the 5 year old son of a formalist who is inventing a sandbox formalism – a formalism that is more interested in problem solving and invention rather than answer-giving or unified systems of thought. It’s not that I’m not serious about making art but I just think that artists seem to take themselves and their pseudo-philosophical ideas way too seriously.

Maybe if Ellsworth Kelly, Paul Klee, Thomas Nozkowski, and Richard Tuttle were the Lost Boys on Never Land and grew up on video games, classical music, and indie pop, this is what they would make. Or maybe they would focus on fighting pirates.


Alex Paik was born in Oxnard, California and currently lives and works in New York. He has exhibited widely in the U.S. and abroad. Recent solo shows include "Polyphonic Improvisation" at U Turn Art Space in Cincinatti, OH in 2010 and a forthcoming show this fall at Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Philadelphia, PA. His work was included in "Get on the Block" at Camel Art Space in Brooklyn, NY as well as "True Singing is a Different Breathing" at Vaudeville Park in Brooklyn, NY. In 2009, he founded and was the director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid, an artist-run exhibition space in Philadelphia, PA. He received his BFA from Penn State University in 2003 and his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005.