MEET ALEX JENSEN


Jensen's practice engages with themes of memory, popular media, relationships to others, and queer identity. Ideas of the self and identity are central to his work, and he aims to create a space for both contemplation and connection with others. He primarily works with image-based media including photography, videography, printmaking, and intermedia sculpture.


To celebrate the launch of his work on our site (though some of you may have caught a sneak peek at Sweetpea Loves You!), we asked him some questions to get to know him better.

 

SP: What do you most love about the work you have created?

AJ: Love is a strong word... I tolerate my artwork.

SP: What's the one subject matter you are intimidated to explore in your practice?

I've always had an aversion to producing work that directly addresses my sexuality and sexual desires. I won't try to psychoanalyze myself here, but I would say this is connected to my experience as a queer person. In retrospect, the few examples of work that I have produced that explore sexuality has been both interesting and somewhat successful, and I think I should take that as a sign to lean into this subject matter a little more.

SP: What historical figure do you most identify with (must be dead!)?

The Neo-Babylonian person who wrote THIS break-up letter.

SP: What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Ending capitalism.

SP: What is your greatest extravagance?

Well, I just bought a $20,000+ car as a "Christmas present to myself"...

SP: What makes you stop and look at a work of art?

I think a lot of things. Some examples of works that come to mind are either huge and immersive and catch me in a sense of visual awe, or have been deceptively simple yet immensely complex. In general, I'm most attracted to new media works, video, and sculpture.

SP: What makes you fall in love with a work of art?

I love works that tell stories, that let you live an experience. Works that are so overwhelmingly sublime and emotionally powerful that leave you in a state of awe. But also works that are simple, yet evocative and vulnerable. I think overall, this is a hard question to answer, there are so many examples of works that come to mind. Maybe I'll end with this: art is so much more than just paintings on a wall.

SP: What do you consider the most overrated subject matter in art?

Easy: consumerism.

SP: What talent would you most like to have?

Song writing and production... or voice acting.

SP: How would you most like to die?

Painfully.

 


Check out more of Alex's work HERE.