Small Things with Loud Noise: the Fabulously Sardonic World of Alex Gingrow

By Ellen C. Caldwell
for New American Paintings

Alex Gingrow’s (NAP #116) work is some of my favorite I have seen recently. It is intelligent, sarcastic, relevant, humorous, and resonant. I saw it months ago and haven’t stopped thinking about it.

Taking items as mundane as daily desktop calendar pages, museum wall labels, and stickers, Gingrow transforms them all into powerful agents with important social messages. She addresses the passage of time with unexpected juxtapositions of quotes in the “Disposable Day Desk Calendar” (as the series is titled) with her daily notes in the form a completed sentence “Today I ____”. – Ellen C. Caldwell, Los Angeles Contributor

In her “Provenance Label Series,” Gingrow immortalizes quotes she’s heard strewn haphazardly around her while working at a frame shop. She records one-liners many can sympathize with hearing while working quietly and invisibly in and around the art world. Through biting wit and meaningful reach, she captured my attention as I think she will yours.

Read the interview here at New American Paintings.

Image credit: Alex Gingrow | Detail of Calendar Page: part of the This Disposable Day Desk Calendar series. “01.11.13” graphite, ink, and acrylic on paper, 15 x 15 inches, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.

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