Alexander Zaklynsky

Born: 1978
Nationality: Icelandic
Based in: Iceland
Media: Multimedia / Video, Cross Discipline, Painting, Photography, Public Space, Sculpture / Installation, Sound / Performance, Other
Content: Abstract, Architectural, Conceptual, Gender, Immaterial, Knowledge Production / Discursive, Spiritual, Political, Post-Colonial, Participatory

Alexander Zaklynsky:
Artist Statement:
Breaking the two and three dimensional fields of traditional art into the fourth dimension is a primary drive in my creative process. Infusing these fields with aesthetic resonance is the goal. Expression, abstraction, representation and spatialism converge in my work through meditative explorations of perspective, color and structure. Aiming to build physical and visual stimuli into multi sensory experiences that lead the viewer to a state of reflection and pause , my work navigates the contemporary landscape establishing platforms from which to gain new perspectives.

In my paintings I work with collaging photographic and designed elements, layering combinations of color, patterns and stenciled imagery. I work with a broad range of media and techniques, using my paintings as stepping stones into atmospheric sculptures and audio/visual installations. I incorporate various themes in my work, from ancient mythologies, my own heritage, new media and societal trends to investigations of art and its presentation in contemporary culture. I develop my art through a studio practice of collaboration, research, exploration and experimentation. In exploring the creative process I search for ways to achieve an aesthetic balance with conceptual and visual clarity.

Artists that inspire my explorations are Kandinsky, Rothko, Klimt, and above all Turrell. Kandinsky pursued symbolizing synesthetic ideologies while Turrell can be viewed as a scientist of light pushing the boundaries of synesthetic perception. A major theme in my work and research is synesthesia and its various manifestations in theory, practice and function in contemporary society. These artists entertained to various degrees synesthetic tendencies, not necessarily in the physical / mental manifestation, but in the idea that the total art work must synthesis multiple modalities of the arts into a new experiential media. New media has vastly broadened the landscape of the human condition through an almost ubiquitous and immediate interconnectedness, how does this effect our condition and has the total art work evolved into a total new media or a goliath of the subconscious?

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Silence and the moment the eyelids rest

Northwind at Dawn

Synesthetes Rorschach

Trace and Vestige


Lovely Noise

TetraHelix - Bronze Sculpture

3 points to a space - Bronze Sculpture

Trizop with Wings - Bronze, Aluminum and Wood Sculpture