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Alexandra Pacula  Brooklyn, NY

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About Alexandra

My work investigates a world of visual intoxication; it captures moments of enchantment, which are associated with urban nightlife. I am fascinated by the ambiance of the city at night and its seductive qualities. The breathtaking turbulence of speeding vehicles and hasty pedestrians evoke feelings of wonder and disorientation. The vibrant lights become a magical landscape with enticing opportunities and promises of fulfillment.

In our seemingly content society there is a struggle to achieve greater levels of enjoyment. We explore various environments and activities in search of pleasure. Extravagant lights of night environments seduce us to participate in curious events, enticing us to experience new forms of satisfaction.

In my oil paintings I aim to capture various atmospheres that occur in such environments. Through observation and documentation I assemble images which become visual tools for my paintings. I concentrate on how the mind perceives and evaluates surroundings while under the influence of a social climate.

I recreate the feeling of dizziness and confusion by letting the paint blur and allowing shapes to dissolve. I suggest motion in order to slow down the scene and capture the fleeting moments, which tend to be forgotten. The sense of motion is intensified with the use of quick vigorous lines and sharp perspectives. By interpreting lights in graphic or painterly ways, I create a sense of space, alluding to a hallucinogenic experience. I want the viewer”s eye to travel within my composition and experience a familiar exhilarating event of an actual nightly excursion.

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"nice.take it to the next level."

"Good work, and from certain angles it looks just like photographs, you've really captured this essence very well."

"I remember night traffic on wet roads in Manhattan.Evocative. Full of energy. Brilliant."

"....intense and full of motion. I like the medium whatever it is. photo or oil?"

"Great. Lots of energy. Dynamic"

"I luv comment luv :-)"

"Expolsive,dramatic,disturbly beautifu! I love that puts one in another universe."

"Hey Alexandra- have seen them in the flesh at the Oil Slick benefit show- very deft painting- still raises the old question of source- would think thegeneration hooked on digital photos is also happy to abandon film- the blur has a distinct effect, like finger painting for the camera- you are stillcopying something difficult to paint- a smeared photo. Would like to meet you. Am in Brooklyn too. JP"

"Truly a work of art in my opinion. I love mostly how it captures the beauty of the city with all the chaos."

"Its so fast and busy and it shows such great motion-I like it"

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