Alvarez was born in San Diego, raised in Tijuana, and has woven a life completely intertwined on both sides of the US-Mexico border. His binational art practice is informed by his studies of architecture and neuroscience in design. This series responds to the duality of liberty and restraint, the internal negotiation to balance them, and the necessity of developing boundaries intensified for many by the pandemic. The dense ink creates activity and depth and its absence creates breath and light. The edges of the shapes imply an invisible line that the ink is forbidden from crossing. It represents an ambition to grasp and yield to the big picture, only to promptly, and often desperately, institute a sense of control upon it.
Terminal 2 West, Post-Security, Be Relax Lounge