Using floral motifs and everyday objects, the Los Angeles painter conjures up crisp still lifes of blissfully domestic settings where psychodrama creeps in and not everything is as it seems. Ahead of his latest solo exhibition, “The Study: A Solo Presentation of New Work by Alec Egan” at Charles Moffett Gallery in New York, he dishes on the common threads between poetry and painting, the influence of Laura Ashley, and why he doesn’t have florals in his own home.
At times I have an idea about what kind of person lives here, and at times I don’t. The narrative of these concurrent series of paintings aspire to build an entry point for identity construction, however never directly aim to expose a concrete identity. So at times my guess is as good as yours. I think everyone who views the work thoroughly begins to construct their own perception of a character’s identity. That’s what I am mostly interested in.