Alexi Worth

6 FormalistsAlexi Worth’s playful paintings have an on-again-off-again relationship with photography, illustration, and art history.  The above painting is titled “The Formalists,” and it’s a very formal painting.  On one hand the composition is geometric, and on the other the people are wearing black-tie, on the third hand they’re about to get intimate.   Is it me or are those panties like a black hole?

Beautiful Unfinishable Magazine

Beautiful Unfinishable Magazine

Doublesip, 2006

Doublesip, 2006

Pyramid, 2008

Pyramid, 2008

Half in Hand, 2008

Half in Hand, 2008

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  • http://sashamlee.com Sasha

    Bill, these are fantastic! The first image’s unusual angle and obscure double-action is magnificent!

  • http://inkstainedhands.com Bill

    Sasha, I like these a lot too. I found out about the paintings from Jeremy Willis, who is a B/D studio visitee. Alexi’s a writer too, he used to write for ArtForum, and he did a phenomenal piece for Slate on the late style of Willem De Kooning that I still remember after reading it when it came out in 1997.

  • Amir

    Yea i love the perspective on all of them. Really bizarre take on very basic subject matter!

  • http://inkstainedhands.com Bill

    Amir, I know, when I look at “The Formalists” and “Beautiful Unfinishable Magazine” (liked that title btw) I can feel my eyes strain to try and see more, or see into the shadow.

  • http://sashamlee.com Sasha

    Oh wow that’s cool Bill! I’d love to read it, does he have a website where I can check it out?

  • http://inkstainedhands.com Bill

    Alexi’s has links to his articles at: http://www.alexiworth.com/writing.htm

    and the Slate piece that I like is at: http://www.slate.com/?id=2912

  • http://sashamlee.com Sasha

    Sweet Bill I will definitely check this out! Thanks!

  • http://www.jeremywillis.com jeremy willis

    Damnit that man can paint! Nice job on this Bill, glad it worked out.

  • http://www.uwsp.edu/athletics/mbb/roster.htm Team Roster

    Maybe you should edit the blog subject Beautiful/Decay | Decaying Since 96 to more generic for your subject you create. I liked the blog post all the same.