Knoxville, TN | Sculpture, Mixed Media, Time-based, Sound, Performance, Installation
Alex McKenzie holds a varied practice that features a mix of sound, painting, sculpture, and video among other media. Originally from Charlotte, he received a BFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is a recent MFA graduate From the University of Tennessee with a concentration in Time-Based Art. He currently lives and works in Knoxville.
A word repeated 100 times breaks down phonetically. As auditory perception changes, meaning is separated and a word as simple as “dog” can sound foreign. This semantic satiation acknowledges that repetition is not always sameness but can be understood as a form of change. Much of my recent practice focuses on this paradox. Through the creation of sound pieces, screensavers, physical performances, and other media my work investigates the tension between the repetitive and the transient in mimetic culture, information dissemination, and systems as a whole.