Meet Alexis Duque

Alexis Duque is a creator of fantastical cities; microcosms that have developed along organic, planet-like clusters.

By Lisa Salerno 

They contour and wrap around themselves or seem to spring up on recognizable icons and objects such as skulls and other familiar pop culture relics (yet, I wouldn’t categorize him as a pop-artist, as his works are very contemporary and one-of-a-kind).

In Duque’s sculptural work, worlds protrude from the ground as lone islands. Duque’s paintings, however, mostly appear to float in isolation against white or light-colored backgrounds.

“Calavera” acrylic on canvas, 12×8 inches

There is so much detail to get lost in (but in the best possible way). His work portrays overdevelopment, abandonment and decay. Only a few inhabitants are depicted. Buildings are starting to crumble and what’s left is a human wasteland. Relics of consumerism and waste such as signs and logos such as Ford and Campbell’s soup, are juxtaposed with Buddha statues and birds.

Plants are wild and invasive; their overgrowth perhaps signifies Nature reclaiming its dominance over humans. This leaves the viewer wondering, where did they all go?

Duque’s unique style is no doubt influenced by the landscapes of his native Columbia. While viewing his Instagram photos that document a recent trip to the city of Medellín and it’s shanty towns, one cannot help but see a connection. Alexis Duque now lives and maintains a studio in NYC.

I invite you to get lost in Duque’s world. I bet once you take a look, it will be hard for you to avert your gaze.

Connect with Alexis Duque

alexisduque.net

twitter.com/duqueart

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