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Name: Alex McLeod

Profession: Hyperrealistic 3D artist

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Alex McLeod constructs hyperrealistic 3D environments filled with crystalline mountains, fiery lakes, and rotund clouds, all rendered in a sickly sweet and gooey candy-colored palette. Recalling the wide-open vistas of Romantic landscape painting while at the same time staging otherworldly dystopias, McLeod’s CGI prints act as hybrid spaces that imply an almost infinite recombination of the past and present, the real and virtual.

Beneath their seductively polished surfaces, of glimmering fortresses and floating geometric abstractions, lies a haunting stillness that comes forth in the aftermath of cataclysmic events.

The cause of destruction remains unknown in these depopulated spaces - there are no people in these images, however much human traces remain in the rickety railways and empty fortresses. And yet, from the twilight of devastation shown in these strange dioramas lies possibilities for hope and rebirth in our own digital milieu through the artist’s new approaches to concepts as varied as ecological responsibility and the shared intersections between photography and painting. Alex McLeod lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

Recent exhibitions include the solo exhibition Imperial Lands at ROJO Artspace Barcelona; participation in Empire of Dreams at MOCCA; and Estates of the Splendorous and Secret held in conjunction with the 2010 01SJ Biennial.

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3 questions

Biggest hurdle overcomed?

Being taken seriously by critical media.

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Greatest moment?

Waking up everyday inspired to do the best that I can :D

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What next?

I am working on a cloud pendant with my good friend Eric Petersen as well as an iPad childrend's book :D

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