Super Friends

about Alex Gross

If you’re old like me, you might remember the terrible animated Saturday morning Super Friends cartoon. They weren’t really kids, but for some reason I thought that title worked for this piece. I had this card for awhile before figuring out what to do with it

Alex tells the story of one of his acrylic and oil on antique cabinet card photo dating from late 1800s. He’s a painter best known for his pop surrealist figurative paintings that examine issues surrounding globalization, consumerism, branding, entropy, and the unstoppable passage of time. Referencing comic books, classic television characters, and other pop imagery, Alex creates a witty blend of advertising, propaganda, and Surrealism. In 2012, Alex Gross’s solo exhibition, “Product Placement,” lampooned the ubiquitous and disturbing presence of product promotions and advertising in everyday life.


I decided to keep this one for my son. Hopefully as he gets older he might appreciate it

Alex has said of the subject matter in his work: “The world that I live in is both spiritually profound and culturally vapid. It is extremely violent but can also be extremely beautiful. Globalization and technology are responsible for wonderfully positive changes in the world as well as terrible tragedy and homogeneity. This dichotomy fascinates me, and naturally influences much of my work.

Life and memories are so important, and you have to remember. Nobody wants to be forgotten, that his name fades into oblivion. So we have to grow and protect all the sensitivity around us, cause our new phones and technologies won’t talk about us.

Memory Fragments

Alex collects postcards of people from the past. Sometimes their names are written on the back or bottom of the card, some others they are simply strangers, even if they were lucky enough to hold in the hands of a nostalgic friend, rather than in a dusty storage room. Now their faces are more familiar, and their lives, those of a Super Hero.

Born in 1968, in New York, Alex lives in Los Angeles, California.



The Art of Alex Gross

Now and Then

Future Tense


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