AFRO-JAPANESE INSPIRED ART BY ALEX GARDNER

Some artists identify with specific categories, but Alex Gardner is one of those who have refused to be put in a box.

The Los-Angeles based 28-year-old half black, half Japanese artists is everything but socio-political. His current body of work plays with warm pastels and sun-kissed textures: spectacular blues, hushed greens, doughy pinks, and hints of orange. Fluid black bodies are positioned within Gardner’s large-scale Edens, some of which recall the work of Kerry James Marshall, the Chicago-based artist whose inky visual aesthetic so powerfully invokes the folkways of Black America.

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WALÉ OYERINDE