Alex Rudin’s work peers into the moment when subconscious thought breaks through to conscious reality – of interior honesty amid exterior chaos. The expression of emotion is often diluted or redirected by self-control and other external factors. Besieged by societal pressures, genuine emotional expression can be significantly repressed. The rawness of intimacy between one and oneself is an irrefutable flash of honesty amid societal pressures.
We live our lives through a lens of presentation, a theoretical concept of persona. In Jungian taxonomy, persona refers to someone’s public image. This idea represents the mask we wear in public in order to impose a certain image about ourselves. However, one cannot solely retreat into a world driven by their persona without moments of unfiltered emotional breakthrough, sometimes only momentary. These moments of unmasked emotional purity are enchantingly simple due to the fact that they are “real”. In an attempt to capture the intangible moment between repression and realization, Unmasked and Alex’s other portraiture glimpses into a private reality most people do not acknowledge.
In her work, Alex strives to create moments of complexity, ambiguity, and narrative through combining both figurative and abstract representations of human expression, with a strict focus on facial expression and hand gestures. Subjects straddle the world of subconscious emergence, slowly unmasking their persona, while remaining engulfed in a web of external reality.
Alex graduated from Parsons New School for Design in 2017. She has shown in both group exhibitions and solo shows New York City, Brooklyn, Great Neck, the Hamptons, and Philadelphia.
She is currently working on building a Rudin Studios, a home decor line with a strong emphasis on fine art integration.
SUS Gallery, Dysmorphic, March 2017 (solo)
Charles West Gallery, COMIC STRIP, May 2017 (group)
National Arts Club, Selection from Dysmorphic, May 2017 (group)
2018 Winter Salon, Greenpoint Gallery, January 2018 (group)
Greenpoint Gallery, UNMASKED solo show, February 2018 (solo)
Coca Gallery, Self Titled Solo Exhibition, June 2018 (solo)
Con Artist Collective, Mixed Media show, July 2018 (group)
True Independence, Lucille Khornak Gallery, June 2018 (group)