Alex Dodge – Magic Hands, 2023
AD1366, Alex Dodge
Magic Hands, 2023
Single color screenprint with embossment and Day Glo powder on tan Rives BFK
20 ¼ × 15 inches (51.44 × 38.10 cm)
Edition of 50
numbered lower left hand corner, signed and dated lower right hand corner
The floating, dotted Magic Hands in Alex Dodge’s new screenprint are poised as if enacting a trick or shuffling a deck of cards. Nodding towards associations of gloved performers and the misdirecting art of magic, they weave a nostalgic tapestry, drawing from Dodge’s childhood memories populated by pop culture icons. The artwork subtly invites reflections on Adam Smith’s “Invisible Hand” theory, embedding a critical commentary on the unseen guiding forces of capitalism. Dodge choreographs a captivating interplay between personal memory, cultural iconography, and socio-economic discourse, crafting a compelling narrative that dances between visibility and invisibility, manipulation, and enchantment.
The embossed and printed dots of the gloves also glows in the dark.