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In the Studio: Alex Becerra

Alex Becerra (b. 1989, Piru, California, USA) lives and works in Los Angeles. Working in painting, drawing, and sculpture, he explores the way we view modernity, often chopped up into bits and sliced together.


Karolina Dankow July 30, 2020

Markus Oehlen Storefront Show Interview

Karma International: For our Storefront Show you created a monumental work from your ballpoint pen series. Could you describe this technique that you developed a few years back and have been exploring ever since?

Markus Oehlen: The technique is actually a monotype; I use a string that is dipped in paint and glued to a board. By using my own bodyweight I press this stamp onto the fabric and literally trample on the fabric in order to transfer the paint onto it. I use several layers, sometimes with the same stamp in order to create an effect of repetition, other times with a different one which creates more of a layering of different motifs reminiscent of doodles.

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Karolina Dankow April 7, 2020


Marina and I started our contemporary art gallery Karma International in early 2009, during what felt like the beginning of an endless recession—in some ways comparable to the situation we’re in now. While art isn’t a luxury itself, buying it is an act of passion that might lose its flame when people get fearful. So we definitely started in a challenging moment. But looking back I see that this was actually a good time to get our gallery going because we provided a needed place for art and artists during an uncertain time. 

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