They are strangers that I pass on the street and people whose stories I have come to know. Their portraits, blurred and distorted by the superimposition of fleeting moments, depict versions of themselves caught between physical and transcendental realms.
Charcoal and soft pastels, applied with quick gestures, personify the fluidness of the forms with each mark on paper maintaining a supple, mobile life of its own. Through the rubbing, smearing and erasing of the granular medium, the distinctions between living, breathing bodies and apparitions begin to collapse. Their wraithlike appearances, drawn on a large scale, become an invitation to apprehend our collective state—the state of being in constant motion.
Alex Carroll is an internationally recognized visual artist who has spent the majority of his professional career living and working overseas. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri (USA), Alex received his Master of Fine Arts degree from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. While attending RMIT, Alex began developing the conceptual base for his most recent work and, upon graduation, was awarded for his outstanding efforts by the faculty of the School of Arts. He was invited to continue his research as an artist in residence at RMIT’s printmaking department. Prior to receiving his MFA, Alex established himself in the city of Chicago becoming an active member of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative. He consistently exhibited his prints throughout the city including an exhibition of artists’ books at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Arts.
For over a decade, Alex called Shanghai, China his home. His current work has been exhibited extensively in Shanghai’s galleries including exhibitions at the M50 art district, Shanghai Hongqiao Contemporary Art Museum, and Tong Ji University. His solo show show at Noeli Gallery in Shanghai’s Former French Concession was praised as one of the top exhibitions to see by That’s Shanghai and CNCreate during its run. He has been published in a variety of local media including a recent feature of his work in Chic, a Shanghai lifestyle magazine. He also recently completed a successful six month residency at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel located along Shanghai’s historic Bund. In August of 2017, Alex returned to the U.S. with his family to set up his studio in San Francisco’s East Bay area.
Alex Carroll's art is predominantly figurative working across the disciplines of drawing, printmaking, photography, and painting. His latest series of work consists of labor-intensive, large-scale charcoal and pastel drawings that explore the relationship amid body, movement, and duration.