Studio Visit: Alex Lockwood

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On the day that I visited Alex Lockwood's studio at 100 Taylor Street, the sun was casting a weird science-fiction glow across the work he'd brought onto the table. Looking over these photos now, I've decided that maybe his art is best suited for this particular kind of lighting — discarded cigarette lighters or plastic bottle caps, all of which he finds on the ground and collects until the perfect amount arises. They remind me of that famously short short story about unused baby shoes: Sometimes inanimate objects can carry an enormous impact that's like an emotional Trojan horse — you let it in because of its familiarity, and it wrecks you. Another example: his series of geometric forms made from losing scratch lottery tickets. Or the coded stories told by office supplies, as if the tools of corporate America are trying to communicate their desperation.

Alex, who is originally from Seattle but moved to Nashville from Brooklyn about two years ago, shares the studio space with his wife Genie. She runs a vintage textile archive, so there are piles of gorgeous fabric strewn around the airy studio. Look through some of the photos I took of his space after the jump, and check out his website for high-quality shots.

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