Alexis Duque Creates Intricate, Chaotic Cities

Detail of “PENAS” 2009 (acrylic on canvas)

Harlem, NEW YORK—The dense urban structures in Alexis Duque‘s work conjure images found in illustrated books about wizards and fantasy. But his acrylic paintings depict architectural clusters, chaotic cities created using spare color palettes and incredible detail.

The Colombian-born Duque is a part of “East X West X Harlem,” an exhibit of eight artist’s work at Floor4Art. The show features his 2009 painting, “PENAS.”

The exhibit copy for “PENAS” described his work thus: “The chaotic and unavoidable processes of urbanization in our globalized and overpopulated world are the central focus of my work. My paintings explore perceptions of innocence and violence, transgression and balance.”

The exhibit is on view by appointment only from Oct. 15 to Dec. 15, 2011.

Photos by Arts Observer

“PENAS” demonstrates the incredible detail of Duque’s urbanscapes.

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