Monday, March 29, 2010

Thursday, March 4, 2010


Growing up in the South Bronx,
One was hard pressed to humor
certain lifestyles, thuggish n'er-do-well,
responsible businessman, or eccentric weirdo.
Alex Mercado has gone for the latter in achieving
his certain vision for his creativity. Combining commercial
illustration with fine art sensibilities, leading the viewer
to find the joy in the gritty deliciousness that is "pop-kitcsh".

Alex goes under many pseudo monikers dependent on what style of
art he is producing. Much like any rapper from the Wu-Tang clan
he primarily works in Inks, watercolors, acrylics, and has begun to step
into the video installation age)

Inspired, but not wholly derivative of bizarre 80's subcultures infused
with strange 90's sensibilities. Alex M, has years of pop-culture nonsense
in the memory banks to draw inspiration from. Tapping from horror, comics,
manga, anime, celebrity nonsense, faded trends, a horrible love life,
depression, body dysmorphia and years of Catholic School repression,
he concocts beautiful, and savage imagery. In a sense to disturb, titilate, or confuse the viewer.
It's all aided by the blackest of humors to poke fun at certain subjects, or bring
to light some of the most emotionally bleak work he can muster.

It is made to create some sort of reaction. Like any artist tries to do.
Now you realize he has written this in third person to make him seem
like an elitist scum.


the slurred speech of a schizophrenic given
illustrated reality... the mind boggled at a world
consuming pop culture, then being consumed itself!
leading to an apocalyptic showdown to set your DVR to!
Mock horror posters, pop stalwarts splashed on the screen,
and other general disturbing images all for your enjoyment.

Monday, March 1, 2010

gothic Alice in Wonderland sketches

The Queen of HeartsTweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum
The Jabberwocky

my friend Karen has lately been on an Alice in Wonderland trip.
Rightfully so, with the Tim Burton film coming out,
I'm neutral about the movie, since nothing has really grabbed me
about it besides the red and white knights briefly glimpsed in the trailer.)

Here's a proto gothic sketch of Lewis Carroll's characters . . .
I am going to do a proper one, but here's the spooky version.