Art & Design

Bullett Exclusive: Five Unseen Works by Toronto-Based Artthrob Alex McLeod

Art & Design

Bullett Exclusive: Five Unseen Works by Toronto-Based Artthrob Alex McLeod

"Untitled 2" by Alex McLeod; 2013. (Bullett Exclusive)
"Land Markers" by Alex McLeod; 2013. (Bullett Exclusive)
Digital artist, sculptor + sartorial kingpin Alex McLeod.
"Centre Forest" by Alex McLeod; 2013. (Bullett Exclusive)
"Untitled 1" by Alex McLeod; 2013. (Bullett Exclusive)
"Marker Forest" by Alex McLeod; 2013. (Bullett Exclusive)
"Cloud Birth" by Alex McLeod. From "Légendes Oubliées" series; 2012.
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When I see an artist conjuring planes I wish I could live in, he has technically managed to one-up that legendary mononymous hypebeast affectionately referred to by many as “God”. Therein lies the magnetism of “Legendes Oubliées,” a 2012 series of shimmering utopian realms created by Canadian wireframe wizard Alex McLeod. Challenging the viewer to discern flat from 3D and digital from physical, McLeod’s landscapes transform meshes into different rooms within a cavernous permanent exhibit. Basically, dude makes .jpegs feel like a Raf Simons redesign of Wonkaworld– super-sophisticated, yet trippy.

The Bullett-exclusive images in the gallery above, previously untainted by the prying eyes of the web, will eventually be part of McLeod’s still-unannounced solo show, happening sometime before early next year. In the meantime, 7 of his other pieces will be included in the Art Gallery of Calgary’s summer show, and come fall he’ll be taking over the facade of Toronto’s Drake Hotel. According to busy bee McLeod, who also just wrapped a show at Angell, “the original idea for the work came out of seeing flowers and grass growing atop an ancient Iroquois burial mound, feeding from the recycled matter of all those people. It was like they were still alive; nothing dies, right?”

McLeod’s personal style warrants a post on its own merit; after schooling me on #rare local designer Philip Sparks, he went on to list RHLS, Prada, Mario Matteo and Duchamp as other favorites. For now, however, I’ll leave you, along with this accompanying 5 track YouTube playlist he recommended, to contemplate the work.