ALEXANDER TARRANTBack to Artists
Born in Hong Kong, China
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
BFA, Academy of Art University
FIFTY24SF Gallery, San Francisco, CA; The Church of Bruce Bacca, Dec 2011
Vitruvius, Martha Otero Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
FIFTY24SF Gallery, San Francisco, CA; (HE)ART
Art of The King’s Speech, The Weinstein Company, Los Angeles, CA
Art of Human Revolution, Wooster Street Social Club, New York, NY
Signs & Signals in Cultural Centers of North America, Twenty120 Film Festival New York, NY
Spare Paint, Scion Easy 10 Film Festival, New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA
Video Wall, FIFTY24SF Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Bay Area Exports; Adobe Achievement Awards: Experimental Film, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Academy of Art University, Professor of New Media
Catalogues, Essays & Interviews
Interview, Juxtapoz Magazine, May 2011
Interview, The Citrus Report, July 2010
Over the course of a 12 year career, Alexander Tarrant has created work for the shelves of Toys “R” Us, the Airwaves of the Super Bowl, the racks of clothing boutiques, the rotunda of the Guggenheim, and the hallowed players of YouTube.com.
Alexander studied Computer Arts / New Media at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, graduating in 2003. His experimental short film “Bay Area Exports” won overall “Best in Show” at the annual Spring Show. He was later a professor at the Academy of Art from 2009-11.
In 2011, he was named Editor of New Media and Technology at Juxtapoz Magazine, uniquely profiling a series of 12 fellow artists and collaborating with each on a portrait.
In 2012, he created and directed his first TV series “Black Dynamite: Model Citizen” for broadcast on the Adult Swim network. On November 2nd, he collaborated with artist David Choe on a 24 hour live improvisational broadcast, operating somewhere between a Jerry Lewis Telethon, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, and Andy Warhol Eating a Hamburger. Over 150 videos were created during the event, each with 3,000 to 400,000 views.
2013 and beyond will see him turning his focus to art, employing humor and pop culture touchstones to celebrate the glorious benefits and the maddening glitches of new technologies, and the outsourcing of not only labor, but creativity.