FROM WHERE I SIT, The Works of Alder Crocker

FROM WHERE I SIT, The Works of Alder Crocker

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Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 15th from 6-9pm. Free and open to the public.


The first thing you notice about Alder is that he is a quadriplegic in an orange electric wheelchair, the result of a freak accident in May of 2018. When he is not speeding around the house or the neighborhood, the second thing you realize is that while his shoulders and arms have range of motion, he has no movement in his fingers. Together, these non-traditional abilities define his unique techniques and style.

Focusing primarily within the fields of abstract expressionism and non-representationalism, Alder has worked arduously to come up with the most efficient and effective methods to deliver on canvas. Utilizing latex and acrylic paints and the occasional ink, he uses a unique action painting technique he describes as "the quadrangle approach." Because he must remain in his wheelchair, Alder paints on a canvas laying flat on a table, and rotates the canvas continuously until completed. Essentially, he is therefore painting from "all four corners and sides", and inherently is painting four paintings within one painting itself. The hidden bonus: many of his paintings can be viewed and hung from any of the four sides.


Alder's singular goal is to create work that makes people want to look again every time they pass by, while also enabling them to continuously find new "snowflakes". His focus, as a result, is painting layers upon layers using many different paint brushes and wooden drip sticks, and featuring vibrant, raw and unexpected color combinations. Viewers eyes are then meant to never repeatedly focus on one part of a painting but to see what they want, and create their own personalized vignettes whenever they see his work.

Still realizing his voice, Alder enjoys paying homage to some of the greats - from Pollock, Kandinsky and Kline to de Kooning, Johns, Herring and Reinhardt - and you will see hints and shades as you review his portfolio. Additionally, he is influenced by the art and alphabets of ancient cultures, including the Sumerians, Egyptians, Phoenicians and Mesoamericans.

Tags: arts and entertainment, many of his paintings can be viewed and hung from any of the four sides



Event Details

Date: February 15, 2020
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Location:
Rene Soto Gallery
1 Wall Street
Norwalk CT 06850



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