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MARCEL ALCALÁ
KOTTIE PALOMA

Art Brussels Online 2021

Night Gallery is pleased to present an online viewing room of work by Marcel Alcalá and Kottie Paloma for Art Brussels Online 2021. For these two painters, the cityscape becomes a space of psychic excavation, subverting and reimagining archetypes of the unconscious. Alcalá’s work depicts scenes from a bizarro universe parallel to Los Angeles, creating tableaux of cultural intersection and political struggle which reflect the artist’s personal history. In Paloma’s paintings, the suggestion of the urban skyline creates the formal logic for energetic yet tightly constructed compositions punctuated with recognizable forms like animals, symbols, and body parts, here pushed beyond meaning into pure expression. Side by side, these discrete presentations reflect the city as a site of synchronous conflict and wonder. 

Santa Ana Strip-mall

Marcel Alcalá, Santa Ana Strip Mall, 2021

Purgatorio

Kottie Paloma, Purgatorio #2, 2020

In Marcel Alcalá’s paintings, whimsically surreal vignettes of city life create parables of personal and cultural reconciliation. Adopting a tone of mischievous satire, the artist contemplates contradictions of their Mexican-American heritage, conjuring a landscape in which markers of commerce and gentrification encroach upon a fantastical natural world. Drawing from references that collapse art history with contemporary visual culture, Alcalá’s work makes allusions to Huichol arts, Toulouse-Lautrec, and the Surrealists, among others. Within these exuberant compositions is a seething indictment of colonization and an earnest celebration of cultural endurance and reinvention.

American Rodeo

Marcel Alcalá, American Rodeo, 2021

The Fence

Marcel Alcalá, The Fence, 2021

Lorena St. Corner Store

Marcel Alcalá, Lorena St. Corner Store, 2021

Marcel portrait

Marcel Alcalá in the studio, 2021. Photograph by Jayne Kim

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Las Noches Anteriores

Marcel Alcalá, Las Noches Anteriores en New Jalisco Bar, 2021

Marcel Alcalá (b. 1990 in Santa Ana, CA) presented their solo exhibition Solita at Night Gallery in December 2020. They have been included in exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; MCA Chicago, IL; Swiss Institute, New York, NY; Ekebergparken, Oslo, Norway; Rogoland Kunstsenter, Stavanger, Norway; Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, CA; Queer Biennial at Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles, CA; Consulate General of Mexico; Los Angeles LGBTQ Center, CA; and Ballroom Marfa, TX, among others. In 2020, they were an artist-in-residence at the Tom of Finland Foundation. They live and work in Los Angeles.

Basement

Kottie Paloma, The Basement, 2019

Kottie Paloma’s paintings work within the confines of a single color to create compositions that move in and out of representation, alternating between suggestions of space, objects, symbols, and pure abstraction. These disparate elements come together in tight, puzzle-like constructions that offer multiple entry points for the viewer, finding coherence out of an assemblage of contradictory parts. The artist builds these works up from abstract experiments, finding legible forms through a process of drawing and scraping away, maintaining the looseness of his hand. The works straddle the line between graphic and expressionistic, employing sparing methods to create vividly psychological compositions that suggest landscapes of the unconscious.

Peacer

Kottie Paloma, Peacer, 2019

Ritual

Kottie Paloma, Ritual, 2020

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KOTTIE PORTRAIT

Kottie Paloma in the studio, 2021. Photograph by Ben Lenhart

On Bardo Terrace

Kottie Paloma, On Bardo Terrace, 2019

Kottie Paloma (b. 1974) presented his solo exhibition Dante at Night Gallery in October 2020. He has presented solo exhibitions at Ober Gallery, Kent, CT; Das Gift, Berlin, Germany; Ada Gallery, Richmond, Virginia; and MOHS Exhibit, Copenhagen, Denmark, among others, and is preparing a forthcoming solo exhibition at Saatchi Yates Gallery. Group exhibitions include 2019’s Terrain Biennial presented by OTT-HOPPS, Pasadena, CA; the Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA; Bavarian State Library, Munich, Germany; No Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Alma Gallery, Riga, Latvia; and the Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin, Germany, among others. His publications are included in the collections of Tate Modern Library, London, England; MOMA NY, U.S.A.; U.C. Berkeley Bancroft Library; Stanford University; Bavarian State Library, Germany; United States Library of Congress Special Collections; Yale University, U.S.A.; and Harvard University, U.S.A. He lives and works in Germany.

Marcel Alcalá
Santa Ana Strip-mall, 2021
oil on canvas
60 x 48 in (152.4 x 121.9 cm)
MA048

Kottie Paloma
Purgatorio #2, 2020
acrylic on canvas
82 1/2 x 65 1/2 in (209.6 x 166.4 cm)
KPA011
 

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Marcel Alcalá
Las Noches Anteriores en New Jalisco Bar, 2021
oil on canvas
48 x 60 in (121.9 x 152.4 cm)
MA046

Kottie Paloma
Peacer, 2019
acrylic on canvas
65 3/4 x 77 1/2 in (167 x 196.9 cm)
KPA001

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Marcel Alcalá
The Fence, 2021
oil on canvas
48 x 36 in (121.9 x 91.4 cm)
MA045

Kottie Paloma
The Basement, 2019
acrylic on canvas
65 1/4 x 77 1/2 in (165.7 x 196.9 cm)
KPA004

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Marcel Alcalá
American Rodeo, 2021
oil on canvas
30 x 40 in (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
MA043

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Kottie Paloma
On Bardo Terrace, 2019
acrylic on canvas
65 1/2 x 77 1/2 in (166.4 x 196.9 cm)
KPA005

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Marcel Alcalá
Lorena St. Corner Store, 2021
oil on canvas
40 x 30 in (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
MA044

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Kottie Paloma
Ritual, 2020
acrylic on canvas
81 1/2 x 64 1/2 in (207 x 163.8 cm)
KPA010

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Marcel Alcalá
Santa Ana Strip-mall, 2021
oil on canvas
60 x 48 in (152.4 x 121.9 cm)
MA048

Kottie Paloma
Purgatorio #2, 2020
acrylic on canvas
82 1/2 x 65 1/2 in (209.6 x 166.4 cm)
KPA011
 

Marcel Alcalá
Las Noches Anteriores en New Jalisco Bar, 2021
oil on canvas
48 x 60 in (121.9 x 152.4 cm)
MA046

Kottie Paloma
Peacer, 2019
acrylic on canvas
65 3/4 x 77 1/2 in (167 x 196.9 cm)
KPA001

Marcel Alcalá
The Fence, 2021
oil on canvas
48 x 36 in (121.9 x 91.4 cm)
MA045

Kottie Paloma
The Basement, 2019
acrylic on canvas
65 1/4 x 77 1/2 in (165.7 x 196.9 cm)
KPA004

Marcel Alcalá
American Rodeo, 2021
oil on canvas
30 x 40 in (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
MA043

Kottie Paloma
On Bardo Terrace, 2019
acrylic on canvas
65 1/2 x 77 1/2 in (166.4 x 196.9 cm)
KPA005

Marcel Alcalá
Lorena St. Corner Store, 2021
oil on canvas
40 x 30 in (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
MA044

Kottie Paloma
Ritual, 2020
acrylic on canvas
81 1/2 x 64 1/2 in (207 x 163.8 cm)
KPA010