China Heights is proud to present ‘Across The Plains’, a new collection of work by Mark Alsweiler where sentimentality and a nostalgia for folk traditions are explored.
Through paintings and wood sculptures, Alsweiler reacts to the ways of the modern world. His work extends appropriated folk art from many regions, and emphasises the importance of mans relationship with nature and how it is a wilting connection. By carving wooden sculptures by hand, these notions are spotlighted further – we are reminded of finding joy in simple activities.
His subject’s semi-detailed expressions feel distant and missing: pondering blurred landscapes, and the possibility that things will be clearer on the other side, illustrating Alsweiler’s conflict with past and present, nature and machine. The outcome is happily flawed and proof that polished, digital perfection feels barren and impersonal.