He is able to transform kitsch into art, dreams and breathes still life: that’s Alex Wallbaum, an artist from Chicago, who is becoming more and more known in his field. His dreams are surreal and very colorful, they represent a capitalist world made of plastic, a characteristic that could make us think of artists such as David LaChapelle.
The love for still life starts during the college and since then it becomes unstoppable, among its influences are David Brandon Geeting, Grace Miceli, Tyler Thacker and the collaboration with the art director Aleia Murawski.
“I don’t think I was the first person to do this, and I won’t be the last. But I do think the combination of things at play has created something recognisable and unique to me. I’m interested in making something that doesn’t totally exist in reality, but it almost does. That line is fun to balance on.”
The thin line that separates the reality from the surreal is fragile and for Alex is a game of balance. The irony hidden in everyday life is underlined in a fresh and fun way and from the collection of incredible objects from Japan, in particular from Kappabashi, Tokyo. You see the result in the galley.