Alex Brewer, known as HENSE, utilizes unique color and composition in his installations to evoke a bold presence in the varied spaces they inhabit. INTERIOR/EXTERIOR, a multi-faceted exhibition organized by the Wiregrass Museum of Art, serves to introduce audiences to his long and successful career as an abstract painter. The exhibition combines site-specific installation, painting and works on paper both inside and outside of the traditional museum space.
INTERIOR/EXTERIOR explores Brewer’s process as related to site-specific installations in interior and exterior spaces. This is done through a gallery exhibition consisting of site-specific wall drawing, works on paper, and wood-cut shapes, and three exterior components including a billboard and two painted building facades. The exhibition is an exploration of his commitment to producing purely abstracted works by combining elements of art that are absent of representational references. As a result, the artist creates elegant compositions saturated with bold colors and lively movement of fluid forms and gestures. Along with a dialogue of spontaneous mark-making, the artist explores the relationships of these elements through his combined experience in the street and studio.
Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, HENSE began his career painting and writing on the walls around the city. Since then, he has produced numerous public works worldwide. He combines the techniques of graffiti with the formal language of abstract painting incorporating line, form and gesture to create abstract compositions invigorated by the fast pace and culture of the street.
His works in the realm of public art, and cross-media connections have landed him local, national, and international attention. Brewer has received numerous notable commissions from the city of Atlanta and throughout the United States. His largest commissioned work was for The ISIL Institute in Lima, Peru amassing an impressive size of 137 feet tall and 170 feet wide.
This program has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Support by the City of Dothan, Houston County Commission, Push Crank Press, Durden Outdoor Displays and AGF Machinery.