Alexander Squier is a conceptual artist who works across media including printmaking, drawing, photography, video and installation. Inspired by the changing landscape of his hometown of Houston, his work is a commentary on the state of the physical environment, the tension between the man-made and nature, and the push and pull between nostalgia and futurism. This study of the urban landscape ranges from an observational / documentarian impulse, to site-responsive and heavily research-based works.
Squier earned his BFA from the University of Rochester, and his MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (Tufts University) in 2013. Since returning to Houston in 2015 to complete his first large-scale installation (Remnants / Visions), taking over an entire house condemned house in the Sharpstown District, Squier has taught art locally at Art League Houston and Strake Jesuit High School. Most recently, he completed a two-year "archaeological" project, turning his own collection of discarded bricks from around Houston into an archive, tracing their origins and displaying them as priceless relics of the city's past. Currently, Squier has a studio at Box 13 Artspace in Houston's East End, and teaches printmaking at the Glassell School of Art, and the University of Houston.
Artist Statement I am interested in cycles of construction and destruction - I think critically about my natural and built surroundings; and I question human legacy. Through drawing, photography, installations, and prints, I aim to blur time and create new contexts for considering our landscape. My projects are informed through photography, collecting of artifacts and responding to material spaces, and through observation / study of design tendencies, specifically reductive form and repetition. This is in direct dialogue with an ongoing study of architecture and urban planning, infrastructure and buildings, and of our impact on the natural landscape. How do the patterns and trends in urban development, design and construction, and economics, reflect culture or philosophy? My aim is to develop a better understanding of what forces are behind this machine, and to incite thoughtfulness regarding the decisions involved.
Birthplace Houston, TX
Alien Topographies, 2019 (magnified brick surfaces, soundscape by Edwin Terrell)
Installation Walkthrough of "Remnants / Visions" project that occupied a ranch house in the Sharpstown area of Houston in 2015 - 2016
2205 McKinney Street
East End, Houston, Texas 77003