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Alex Yudzon
updated: 05/17/2008
website: yudzon.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Magic Mountain 14
Impossible Cloud 8
Magic Mountain 4
Impossible Cloud 10
Magic Mountain 11
Impossible Cloud 7
Magic Mountain 8
Impossible Cloud 4
Magic Mountain 12
Magic Mountain 15
Impossible Cloud 4
Magic Mountain 15
Impossibe Cloud 6
Magic Mountain 9
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  dreams, fantasy, landscape, mapping, meditative, nature, pattern, psychological, surreal, spiritual
 
 
Magic Mountain 14 by Alex Yudzon
Magic Mountain 14
pen and ink on paper
2007
32" x  40" 
Impossible Cloud 8 by Alex Yudzon
Impossible Cloud 8
pen and ink on paper
2007
32" x  40" 
Magic Mountain 4 by Alex Yudzon
Magic Mountain 4
pen and ink on paper
2007
32" x  40" 
Impossible Cloud 10 by Alex Yudzon
Impossible Cloud 10
pen and ink on paper
2007
32" x  40" 
Magic Mountain 11 by Alex Yudzon
Magic Mountain 11
pen and ink on paper
2007
32" x  40" 
Impossible Cloud 7 by Alex Yudzon
Impossible Cloud 7
pen and ink on paper
2007
32" x  40" 
Magic Mountain 8 by Alex Yudzon
Magic Mountain 8
pen and ink on paper
2007
32" x  40" 
Impossible Cloud 4 by Alex Yudzon
Impossible Cloud 4
pen and ink on paper
2007
20" x  26 1/2" 
Magic Mountain 12 by Alex Yudzon
Magic Mountain 12
pen and ink on paper
2007
32" x  40" 
Magic Mountain 15 by Alex Yudzon
Magic Mountain 15
pen and ink on paper
2007
32" x  40" 
Impossible Cloud 4 by Alex Yudzon
Impossible Cloud 4
2007
pen and ink on paper
20" x  26 1/2" 
Magic Mountain 15 by Alex Yudzon
Magic Mountain 15
pen and ink on paper
2008
11" x  14" 
Impossibe Cloud 6 by Alex Yudzon
Impossibe Cloud 6
pen and ink on paper
2007
20" x  26 1/2" 
Magic Mountain 9 by Alex Yudzon
Magic Mountain 9
pen and ink on paper
2007
20" x  26 1/2" 

Artist Statement

     This current series of drawings is called Magic Mountains and Impossible Clouds. These drawings stem from my interest in the art of ancient map making, and the mythologies of enlightenment in various mystical traditions.                                                          

    Mountains, and the clouds that surround them, have long been associated with divine power. They are the point at which heaven and earth meet, and the journey up the mountain in the hope of communingwith the divine can be found in both eastern and western traditions. My drawings are an attempt to create maps of these journeys as both actual pilgrimages and inner perambulations infused with elements of dream, desire, and imagination.      

     I liken these drawings to ancient maps because, as with our knowledge of the divine, ancient cartographer's knowledge of the world was incomplete. As a result, the maps that were created, like the stories of mystical journeys found in religious tomes, are as much a product of the cartographers imagination and national bias as they are documents of actual geography.      

    I begin each drawing with a faithful contour rendering based on a photograph of an actual mountain or cloud. As the drawing progresses imaginary elements are gradually introduced.  Patterns and symbols of varying size and complexity are used to create a graphic vocabulary, functioning as both a language specific to each piece and a form ofmark making. 

    At times these marks fill in areas that are empty, while at other times they serve to create lines reminiscent of tracks, trails, or roadways through mountain ranges and cloud surfaces. These trails explore the landscape yet at the same time alter it in ways that deviate from the original source image.

      As the drawing nears completion the line between reality and imagination becomes increasingly more blurred. Much like a mystical journey itself, one is never quite sure what part of the experience is based on fact and what part has been invented. My drawings are engaged with this ambiguity, at once an attempt to create maps of these experiences as actual journeys, and a means to address the impossibility of these maps ever succeeding in their intended function.

Artist Bio / CV

Education:

1997-1999 Chelsea Collage of Art and Design, London

1995-1997 Pratt Institute of Art and Design, Brooklyn, NY

Solo Exhibitions:

2002    "The Hour Before Dawn" Tal Esther Gallery, Tel Aviv

Museum Group Exhibitions:

2001    "I Hate You in June" Ein Harod Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel

Group Exhibitions:

2007    "Places" Luxe Gallery, New York

2006    37 Mergoza Gallery, Tel Aviv

2005    Cheryl Pelavin Gallery, New York

2003    "The Home Show" Tal Esther Gallery, Tel Aviv

1999    "Radio Asia" The Art Space, London