“Creative Birmingham means a community of creatives who really support one another and work together to build awareness and cultivate a creative city.”
Name: Alex Lazzari
Creative Industry: Visual Arts
1. What does Creative Birmingham mean to you?
Creative Birmingham means a community of creatives who really support one another and work together to build awareness and cultivate a creative city.
2. What would you like to see happen in Birmingham in the next 5 years?
I would love to see a Creative Birmingham push the boundaries on the southern normalities, not in a way that separates “us and them,” but in ways which draw Birmingham as a whole more together.
3. We’ve heard you’re new to town; what made you decide to move to Birmingham?
For a long time now, I’ve been visiting Birmingham starting when my brother and best friend both moved here for school. I found a lot of life here, and it kept me coming back. After graduation I moved to Montgomery for work, but it proved to be the wrong fit. Recently, I participated in Design Week Birmingham, which was the deciding factor that got me here (not to mention my best friend tugging me all along).
4. What draws you to screen printing? What draws you to landscapes?
Screen printing is the mean by which I am able to find flow. It allows me to make duplicates or individuals, repetitions or alterations, and find perfection in the imperfections. So, this simply means that screen printing is about the work. Process is everything with the additional bonus of various results.
The reasons I focus on landscapes are that I grew up in a diverse environment, the landscapes I haven’t seen are enticing, and nature is one of the few places I have complete peace.
5. Are there any particular artists that that inspire you? Any Birmingham artists?
I am particularly inspired by Piet Mondrian (early and late) for his landscapes and minimalist lines, Gregory Euclide for his manipulation of landscapes and architecture, and Neal Williams (Epic Problems) for his insanely detailed posters. Locally, I am a mad fan of what the guys at Yellowhammer Creative do for this community.
For more information visit Alex’s wesbite.
Photo by Jonathan Kohn.