The hyperrealism employed by New York-based artist Alex Roulette in ‘Memory Moving Sideways’ is negated by the scenes he depicts. Playing with the idea of memory, his surreal tableaus acknowledge the tricks our mind plays when we involuntarily recall moments from our past.
Of his work, Alex explains, “Everyday encounters evoke recollections of the past without conscious effort. I draw from these involuntary memories of places and experiences, although I question the reliability of my memory.” This sometimes unreliable retelling of history forms the conceptual basis for ‘Memory Moving Sideways’. “As more time passes, the events get distorted and become more about perception and less about reality”, he explains. This distortion is what he seeks to illustrate in these paintings. “When I am painting I use the liberties the medium allows to dislocate objects and figures, recalling the hazy state of memories in which certain details fall into place while others fade away.” Roulette mixes reality with the imagined, creating works that speak to the strangeness of everyday life and the struggle of memory against forgetting.
“When I am painting I use the liberties the medium allows to dislocate objects and figures, recalling the hazy state of memories”
All images © Alex Roulette