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My name is Alex Henken. I am a mixed media designer specializing in web design & development. I am currently available for hire.

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Artist Statement

Media constantly reminds us of our vulnerabilities as human beings and offers no shortage of ways to fix them; if only for a short while. It is too easy to become lost in meaningless structure & mindless consumption that pervades modern culture and shapes those inside it. The consumers of today are at-once empowered & restrained by the same products that were billed as providing comfort & relief from a list of dispositions that grows by the day. Despite the bounty of choices offered to us, we are often left unsatisfied and in pursuit of whatever comes next in life.

Discerning consumers will notice that most man-made goods are becoming more disposable by the minute. We continue to usher in the new without questioning why we are discarding the old. A new Earth-tone shopping center has become the perpetual backdrop to Anywhere, USA, where prices are competitive and self-esteem is high — after you leave with a cart full of damaged goods.

My mixed-media artwork is created by converging contemporary design with items from the distant and not-so-distant past. The resulting work is a subconscious interpretation of the degeneration of news & entertainment media and how it coincides with the human condition at its most primitive.

Filicide

Man will at times go to the extreme to demonstrate devotion to something he holds dear. One of the earliest and well-known accounts of filicide can be traced back to the book of Genesis when Abraham was told by God to sacrifice his son Isaac. Although ritual sacrifice is more or less dead by the time of this writing, atrocity continues and likely will until the world ends. Are we ushering in the new or signaling the end? Sometimes it is difficult to tell and all the while fascinating to watch. Some things in life are a test of faith beyond your experience.

Work

Varicose is a subconscious interpretation of the degeneration of news and entertainment media and how it coincides with the human condition at its most primitive. An unsightly visage renders the majority comfortably sedated. In a climate marred by mindless structure and willful complacency, we are at once connected and out of touch with the world we have inherited.

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