- Caroline Kurze
Alex Roulette creates paintings of fictional scenes that are both realistic and subtly uncanny. Through painting, he depicts fictional and occasionally fantastic scenes that explore the blurred sense of time and place within memories.
The dreamlike landscapes incorporate familiar elements of suburban life that both stylistically and symbolically represent a quasi-nostalgic ordinariness. The isolation and dislocation of cars, houses, and figures, and the exploration of subtle spatial relationships, recall the hazy state of dreams in which certain details fall into place while others fade away into the unconscious. Roulette begins each new work by gathering a large collection of source material. He meticulously photographs environments and collects found images such as vintage postcards. In constructing the painting, Roulette uses combinations of these reference images, to fabricate an open-ended narrative with the emotion of a memory. Drawing collages of image fragments onto panels before painting them in oil. The resulting paintings recall some idealized vacation and a deeply personal longing for past experiences.