Alexandra Pacula, like many New Yorkers, has a strong bond with her beloved city. Her artistic expression, which can be loosely described as a perpetual ode to a magnificent city; is an original form of representation. She describes it as “visual intoxication”.
“I am fascinated by the ambiance of the city at night and its seductive qualities”
Pacula is a Polish-American artist that paints large depictions of cities at night. Nothing really special about that right? After all, Jeremy Mann is no stranger to large cityscapes at night. Well, no! These… these are different; like a 21st century counterpoint to Van Gogh’s painterly expression, Pacula paints what we call “Blurry Nights”.
Her paintings are so defined that one might feel a bit of motion sickness or slight visual discomfort as your eyes strain in an attempt to mentally correct the image. She achieves a rare combination of expressionism, impressionism and photorealism, that can only really be likened to an inebriated night out in the city.
“The breathtaking turbulence of speeding vehicles and hasty pedestrians evoke feelings of wonder and disorientation”
There seems to be a fascination with dense urban settings, evident through the composition of her paintings; mostly dominated by walled-in spaces. She avoids the horizon, and doesn’t allow the viewer to imagine beyond. Instead, the focus is on the foreground, the cacophony of lights and the congestion of buildings.
It is easy to get lost in Pacula’s work. If you stare long enough and you are taken on a metaphysical journey, in the backseat of a cab, whizzing through New York City, with the sounds of bustling streets and a ticking taxi meter. Close your eyes and you might just get swept away by the hypnotic soft horns of Bernard Hermann , serenading your subconscious.