Lex Talkington grew up in a small farming and ranching community in Southeastern Colorado. From an early age, Lex’s creative notions were encouraged by his family leading him to start painting dried gourds grown in his family garden during his teenage years. This venture grew from selling painted gourds to family and friends to finding a few small galleries that accepted and sold his work. Lex graduated summa cum laude from Colorado State University with a BFA in Graphic Design. His graphic design career started in Boulder, CO and continued when moving to San Diego, CA in 2001. Lex focused on consumer packaging, branding, advertising and website design. In the early 2000s, Lex became interested in Flash technology and began writing code for interactive online experiences. After 6 years of contracting as an interactive developer, Lex joined a software engineering team at a technology startup; he helped lead the reengineering of the user interface on their set-top movie player device. This led Lex to become Director of User Interface Software Engineering at another technology company. In 2017, Lex’s focus turned back to art after craving the freedom to explore various ideas and concepts that had simmered over the years.
Currently, Lex explores the use of found objects combined with modern technology, woodworking, and metalworking to create static, kinetic, and interactive sculpture. Gravitating towards engineered, mechanical found objects, Lex’s work blends the dichotomy of old and new into highly crafted, sometimes surreal, objects. His work exposes and celebrates the complexity, curiosity, and aesthetic of man-made, finely crafted systems that each have a story to tell. Lex’s work is influenced by cubism, constructivism, early 20th century design, science, technology and the smaller parts of the natural world. These influences are often reflected in clean lines, palette, detail, meticulous arrangements, and aesthetics ranging from scientific to abstract-organic.
From The Artist
My work grows from an innate curiosity to deconstruct the constructed. I have always been fascinated by analog and electronic machines, both in functionality and their aesthetic born from the purpose of each part. Many parts working together to form larger, finely tuned systems that resemble the complexity, arrangement, and beauty of living creatures. All while negatively impacting the natural living world they mimic to replace.
Exhibitions & Press
- 2021 January | Curatorial Selections Group Show | Sparks Gallery | San Diego, CA
- 2020 October | International Group Show | P.Lindberg Gallery | Helsingborg, Sweden
- 2020 February | Publication | California Style Magazine (Japanese) | Featured artist
- 2019 December | Publication | Create! Magazine 2019 Art Miami Edition | Featured artist section curated by Rebecca Hossack
- 2019 April | Group Show | Baycrest Foundation Brain Project | Invitation to Participate | Toronto, Canada
- 2019 March | Group Show | Gallery 21 Sculpture & Wall Art Exhibiton | San Diego, CA
- 2019 February | Group Show | Good Friday Gallery, Group Insect Show | San Diego, CA
- 2018 November | Group Show | San Diego Institute of Art C-Note Juried Art Show & Sale | San Diego, CA
- 2018 October | Online Publication | SD Voyager Online Magazine Artist Interview (see article)
- 2018 August | Group Show | Athenaeum’s 27th Annual Juried Exhibition,
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library | La Jolla, CA
- 2018 August | Group Show | Landscape Juried Exhibition, Vivid Space Gallery | San Diego, CA
- 2018 June | Group Show | Design In Wood National Juried Exhibition, San Diego County Fair | Del Mar, CA
- 2018 May | Group Show | Refresh: Past, Present, Future Juried Exhibition, Escondido Municipal Gallery | First Place: Chicken Dish | Escondido, CA
- 2017 December | Group Show | Bldg61 Maker Made Exhibition, Boulder Public Library | Boulder, CO
- 2017 October | MakerPlace Maker Market & Open House, MakerPlace Workshop | San Diego, CA