MARCEL ALCALÁ “The Performance of Being”

25th March 2023, 11:00 am

Date(s) - 25th Mar 2023 - 29th Apr 2023
11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Night Gallery South








Viewing hours:
Tuesday – Saturday: 11a-6p

Marcel Alcalá, The Dark Room, 2023, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 in (76.2 x 101.6 cm)


Night Gallery is pleased to announce The Performance of Being, an exhibition of new oil paintings by multidisciplinary artist Marcel Alcalá. This is their second show with the gallery, following their 2021 solo presentation Solita.

Alcalá’s canvases feature a vibrant mélange of references to Los Angeles landmarks, art history, and the artist’s own Mexican-American heritage and queer community. Their “main characters” range from a drag queen to a dominatrix, a lone coyote roving a twilit landscape to a skull situated in an Orange County mall. Colorful brushstrokes evoke psychedelic or spiritual landscapes. The artist unites the aesthetics of Santería, Catholicism, and drag in an attempt at transcendence, viewing painting as a performance that can take both maker and audience beyond the limits of the body, religion, the past, and “reality”… whatever that may be.


New Marcel Alcalá show at Night Gallery

      Tonight 25th March, Marcel Alcalá debuts a new exhibition of oil paintings at Night Gallery. Entitled The Performance of Being, Alcalá depicts subjects and settings as varied as a screenwriter at a crossroads between wilderness and Jumbo’s Clown Room, childhood memories of their grandmother’s cactus, and the artist’s own death (or at… View Article

Published: 25th March 2023

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