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Night Gallery now represents Los Angeles-based artist Marcel Alcalá.

Portrait of Marcel Alcalá. Photo Credit: Iván Darío

Night Gallery has announced the representation of the Los Angeles-based artist Marcel Alcalá. Alcalá has shown work with the gallery in two previous group shows, including MAJEUREFORCE (2020) and TRAINS (2014), and a recent solo exhibition with the gallery, Solita (2020).

Marcel Alcalá finds personal expression in exuberant cultural and aesthetic intersections. In a practice encapsulating painting, drawing, ceramics, and performance, Alcalá forges a spirited parallel realm that both conjures and challenges the queer Utopian impulse. Inspired by their upbringing in Southern California and Mexican-American heritage, their body of work melds playful surrealist gestures with the potent realism of the present day—including markers of late-capitalist commerce, gentrification, and climate change. Alcalá’s non-binary “girlies” often recur in the work, whose simplistic facial expressions pare down emotion to cartoonish extremes and evoke a deep sense of joyful irreverence. In many ways, the plurality which characterizes Alcalá’s visual vocabulary mirrors that of contemporary life, creating a bridge between the world as it is and its radical potentialities.

Marcel Alcalá, Chisme at the wine bar, 2022. Photo courtesy the artist and Night Gallery, Los Angeles.

Marcel Alcalá (b. 1990, Santa Ana, CA) has had solo exhibitions at Night Gallery, Los Angeles; Mickey Gallery, Chicago; and Deli Gallery, Brooklyn. Their work has been featured in group shows at Lyles & King, New York; Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles; Ballroom Marfa, TX; Simon Lee Gallery, New York; and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, among others. Alcalá has also exhibited in numerous museums and institutions, including Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and MCA Chicago, IL. Their work has been written about in LA Weekly, Hyperallergic, and Flaunt, among others. In 2020, they were an artist- in-residence at Tom of Finland Foundation, Los Angeles. Alcalá lives and works in Los Angeles.

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