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
When I started disassembling defunct electronics, mechanical gadgets and the like, for fun, I thought I was driven by a fascination of discovering how things work. I eventually realized I care less about learning the details of how these things work, I just have an unstoppable curiosity to know what’s inside. What does it take to make that individual thing work? How many things are inside? What are they made of? What parts are most aesthetic and why? Who made them, how, when? When an object is broken down to its very smallest, single parts, somehow you have a better understanding of that object, you can see the entire story of that object. My art aims to throw this curiosity back at the viewer by building a new story out of all of the small parts. For as much as I want my art to connect at a deeper intimate level with a viewer, perhaps with subject matter alone, I also want it to connect to their curiosity and sense of discovery raising those same questions of what, how, and why.
Exhibitions & Press
- 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 | Toronto, Canada | Baycrest Foundation Brain Project | Invitation to Participate
- 2019 March | San Diego, CA | Gallery 21 Sculpture & Wall Art Exhibiton
- 2019 February | San Diego, CA | Good Friday Gallery, Group Insect Show
- 2018 November | San Diego, CA | San Diego Institute of Art C-Note Juried Art Show & Sale
- 2018 October | SD Voyager Online Magazine Artist Interview (see article)
- 2018 September | CuppaWOW Online Magazine Artist Interview (see article)
- 2018 August | La Jolla, CA | Athenaeum’s 27th Annual Juried Exhibition,
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library
- 2018 August | San Diego, CA | Landscape Juried Exhibition, Vivid Space Gallery
- 2018 June | Del Mar, CA | Design In Wood National Juried Exhibition, San Diego County Fair
- 2018 May | Escondido, CA | Refresh: Past, Present, Future Juried Exhibition, Escondido Municipal Gallery | First Place: Chicken Dish
- 2017 December | Boulder, CO | Bldg61 Maker Made Exhibition, Boulder Public Library
- 2017 October | San Diego, CA | MakerPlace Maker Market & Open House, MakerPlace Workshop