“Color in my work is defined by bright, flashy, fantastical colors reinforced with heavy graphic line work. Reminiscent of late 1990’s consumerist culture, the color references and holds the conceptual weight of over-consumption and extreme individualistic marketing strategies. In this way, it forms a narrative with both identity and ecology; two prevalent themes in my work. By rendering natural spaces in non-local colors, flora and fauna become distorted, exaggerated and animated, reevaluating the fragile balance of human culture and ecology while simultaneously pushing environmental representational artwork into an unexpected new territory. Through this lens, the viewer is allowed a space to reflect on their own relationship to natural spaces, the environment, and consumption.”
Igniting conversations between sex and gender, nature and technology, the contemporary and tomorrow, alex m. petersen renders a fine line between the humorous and erotic. Speculation and science fiction drive his work, carefully leading those who engage with it into complex and playful posthuman narratives. His Queer identity plays into his art in a way that is personal and unique, moving away from recognizable, and socially solidified LGBT representations, towards a plethora of all-inclusive and imaginative possibilities.
Imagery of the natural world, rendered in fantastically unrealistic color, consumer waste, detailed in its tragic exactitude, and sexually progressive trans-human protagonists cheerfully invite the viewer to suspend expectations, question mediated forms of representation, and come along for a surprisingly pleasurable ride.