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Opening Reception on Saturday, Feb. 15th from 6-9pm. Free and everyone is welcome to stop by to meet Alder and see his work. Wine and lite bites will be served.
It is not uncommon to see disabled people delving into and succeeding in the abstract arts, but Alder Crocker is on a mission to make his work and upcoming show more memorable than what is to be generally expected.
Quadriplegic, confined to his electric wheelchair and without movement in his fingers – the result of a freak accident in May 2018 – Alder is hoping to bring some fun and interactivity to the Rene Soto Gallery in Norwalk, premiering Saturday February 15th, while at the same time showcasing the unique way he creates his paintings.
Focusing primarily within the field of abstract expressionism, Alder has worked arduously to come up with the most efficient and effective methods to deliver on canvas. Utilizing latex and acrylic paints and the occasional ink, he uses a specialized action painting technique he describes as "the Four Corners Approach." Because he must remain in his wheelchair, Alder paints on a canvas laying flat on a table, and to maximize coverage, he must rotate the canvas continuously until completed. Essentially, he is painting from "all four corners and sides", and therefore inherently painting four paintings within one painting itself – with each side slightly, and sometimes radically, different than another. The hidden bonus is that almost all of his paintings can be viewed and hung from any of the four sides.
Alder's singular goal is to create work that makes people want to look again every time they pass by, while also enabling them to continuously find new "snowflakes". His focus, as a result, is painting layers upon layers using many different paint brushes and wooden drip sticks, and featuring vibrant, raw and unexpected color combinations. Viewers eyes are then meant to never repeatedly focus on one part of a painting but to see what they want and create their own personalized vignettes whenever they see his work.
Prior to his accident and painting career, Alder was an award-winning marketer for creative and strategic campaigns, and also acted, wrote and did radio and video voice-overs. He is married with three adult children, and currently lives in Fairfield, CT.
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