Alex Zecca: New Work March 20 - May 15, 2015
Gallery 16 is pleased to present its sixth solo exhibition with artist Alex Zecca.
The new drawings and sculptures of Zecca’s continue the artist’s obsessive and precise methodology. They are time-intensive, process-oriented works made through a laborious accumulation of steady inked lines. Each vibrant abstraction is the literal record of thousands of painstakingly rendered marks, made with only a pen and straight edge.
Art critic Kenneth Baker wrote, “Alex Zecca has long worked with such methodical consistency that I go to each new exhibition of his expecting to see more of the same. But he has not yet failed to surprise. You move around certain of Zecca’s new works on paper expecting flickers of iridescence, so keenly do they recall the powdery luminosity of a butterfly wing or exotic plumage.”
San Francisco artist Alex Zecca’s precise, hand-drawn works marry a sense of the scientific with the art of craft. While process is at the center of his work, his thousands of steady, painstakingly inking lines ultimately reveal extravagant optical Moire patterns. Each piece is produced with a preordained number of lines and colors, melding the conceptual and the handmade.
After studying at CCA, the San Francisco Art Institute and in Italy, Zecca has gone on to show his work in numerous solo exhibitions at San Francisco’s Gallery 16, and has been included alongside other masters of pattern like Yayoi Kusama and Ross Bleckner in the Crocker Art Museum’s exhibition Approaching Infinity: The Richard Green Collection of Meticulous Abstraction.
“My work’s central focus continues to be the result of cumulative action and precise structure. Each drawing implements a unique algorithm. The intersecting lines of which create organic Moire forms.” -AZ