ALEX SCHAEFER

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BANKS ENGULFED IN FLAMES BY ALEX SCHAEFER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles based artist Alex Schaefer likes to paint canvases of bank branches—most often Chase Bank—engulfed in flames. His method varies: In this canvas there is a Chase Bank engulfed in flames but there is an extra element, the Chase logo with the ironic word “freedom” next to it. Occasionally the burning bank will be obscured by a word salad of protest featuring terms like laundering, terrorism, and crime. In some canvases the target of his pyrophilic approach is Bank of America.

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