Sacramento Art History Consortium’s Featured Artist: Alex Calder

by Bree Garcia

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AC: Alex Calder is a freelance production artist with a degree in commercial art production that in the last two years started to work in conceptual theme photography using film and digital formats. He is also working on publishing a photography book using his iconographic images based on different social issues. A percentage of his book sales will be donated to a California based anti-bully campaign.

“I admire people that try to figure me out, I thought I was the only one wasting time” –alex calder

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SAHC: Can you give us a brief description of your creative process? What is your preferred medium and style?

AC: My medium is photography both film and digital. To do a shoot takes time. From research, planning, hiring models and assistants to find the right location, it is definitely a tedious and time consuming task. The post production takes long hours of editing and  re-editing to try to get the composition just right.

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 SAHC: As a Sacramento artist what responsibilities do you believe that you have to the local and the global community?

AC:  First of all, I am responsible to give life to my creativity. For the local community I do volunteer work through non-profit art organizations. I have donated the use of my images to different international organizations like the University of Kent in England, Hand Across The World also in U.K. and to upcoming designers to promote their works. I am also planning to publish a photography book with a percentage of the sales going to a non-profit organization.

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SAHC: What advice do you have for emerging artists, or those pursuing a career in the arts?

AC:  Create to satisfy your heart not your pockets and to be humble; too much ego will kill your talent.

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SAHC: Who are some of your favorite Sacramento Artists, and why?

AC: Tough question, there are lots of good artists in the area. Gale Hart is on top of my list. Very unique, edgy but not vulgar and she makes great statements through her work.  JANXY, a retired sheriff deputy from Sacramento, his work is old school mixed with contemporary art, as well as mixed with street art. Lately he has been experimenting with photography; I own three of his paintings. Ed Farris, a Sacramento school teacher, his work is simple and effective. His pieces seem to carry a very personal message and human kindness. Other local artists I admire are J. Alex Darr, Maurizio Rivera, Gabe Sanford, Dwight Head, Barbetta Lockart and Raphael Delgado.

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SAHC: Where are some of your favorite Art/ Art History resources found?

AC: Anywhere, any place! Libraries, Estate Sales, Museums, Galleries, the internet, school.

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SAHC: Is there anything else about the arts here in Sacramento that you would like to share with our reader?

AC: Sacramento: Too small to be called a city, too big to be called a town. There is a very limited and very conservative art scene. I am new in the area but since I moved here [from Los Angeles] I have seen a bit of progress in acceptance of  new and different art work.

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SAHC: Where can your work be viewed, or found online?

AC: You can check out some of my works at: Empty Attic Antiques and Gallery 702 57th Street, Sacramento, CA 95819. Also,  you can go  to the Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento (CCAS)  November Art Auction at Elliot Fouts Gallery 1831 P street, Sacramento, CA 95811, Wed. November 23, 2013

On the net:  www.alexcalder.daportfolio.com

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If you are interested in being one of SAHC’s featured artists, email us at:info@sacramentoarthistory.org

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