Jesse Draxler’s work is like a fever dream—rich, luxuriously dark and tipped with specks of white contrast, like a wave cresting and about to crash into the sea by star light. I recently found him on pinterest and was immediately drawn through the barrage of “23 annoying pieces of bullshit you need for your home” posts they’ve been so keen on pushing my way into a veritable K-hole of deconstructed fashion imagery, shadowy landscapes, and large-scale paintings. His work is so incredibly rad.

Draxler is a Los Angeles-based multi-media artist and painter whose work has been published by Dazed, The New York Times, and exhibited this year at Smashbox Studios (Los Angeles, CA), Doomed Gallery (London, UK), and Galerie Joseph (Paris, France) to name a few. He is about to open a solo show at Booth Gallery in New York City entitled “Terror Management” on January 9.

Draxler hard at work in studio

Draxler hard at work in studio

I’m particularly drawn to the shapes Draxler creates, and destroys, and then paints over in a white-grey scale as a way to suspend the viewers connection to the human body, or, subject as artifact, while appropriating images in such a way as to create something new altogether.

Over the past few years Draxler has begun collaborating with other artists and photographers and a means to get source material for his work. I see a lot of young artists “appropriating” fashion iconography or portraits, attempting to make something cool, and unfortunately most of them lack depth. Draxler isn’t one of them. Having another artist create something, just for you to destroy is, is a large ask. His work has an ominous, lonely undercurrent that sort of evokes the feeling of the monolith from the movie 2001, and the strange pull and white noise that surrounds it.

To connect with Jesse Draxler, head over to his official website http://jessedraxler.com/

Untitled Collage with Girl

Untitled Collage with Girl

New York Times inline print by Jessie Draxler

New York Times inline print by Jesse Draxler

New York Times Review Cover

New York Times Review Cover

"Chucky" by Jesse Draxler

Untitled by Jesse Draxler

"Chuck Close" by Jesse Draxler

Untitled by Jesse Draxler

Painting by Jesse Draxler

Painting by Jesse Draxler

"DEAMON" by Jesse Draxler

Untitled by Jesse Draxler

"UnKnown" by Jesse Draxler

Untitled by Jesse Draxler

SOVRN Skateboards  - Deck Collaboration

SOVRN Skateboards – Deck Collaboration

jesse draxler in los angeles

Via @jessedraxler

Via @jessedraxler

TERROR MANAGMENT opens at Booth Gallery Booth Gallery 325 W 38th St, New York Jan9. 6pm.

TERROR MANAGMENT opens at Booth Gallery
Booth Gallery
325 W 38th St, New York Jan9. 6pm.

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