Alex Israel Emits Summertime Vibes in His Second Solo Exhibition at Galerie Almine Rech in Paris

For his second solo exhibition at Galerie Almine Rech in Paris, Alex Israel presents a series of recent works, entitled "Lenses," which are essentially large scale renditions of sunglass lenses that look as if they have been removed from the frame and propped against the wall. It is a nod to the easy breezy lifestyle of Los Angeles - a city that the artist romanticizes through multiple conceptualizations and mediums that range from sculpture to set backdrops to self portraiture to found objects and even a talk show. The show, entitled "As It Lays," features the artist in dark sunglasses asking off the cuff questions to the likes of Bret Easton Ellis, Larry Flynt, Vidal Sassoon, Rosanna Arquette and more - all against a backdrop of canvases painted with bright shades of orange in a depiction of a California in the throes of a permanent Summer sunset.  In fact, the "Lenses" in this exhibition are the same color as some of the backdrop paintings, for which Israel is known, that are also included in this presentation. You will also be able to find a miniaturized prop car - a Chevy Corvette - parked next to a tiny cactus; set against the fire orange backdrop painting, it gives the sense that you are riding off into the sunset in a classic Hollywood movie. Alex Israel "Summer" will be on view until July 27, 2015 at Galerie Almine Rech in Paris.