Alexa Meade’s Nutcracker-inspired art exhibition, Immersed in Wonderland, has transformed nearly 3,000 square feet of space on Rodeo Drive into a whimsical interactive three-dimensional pop-up art installation as part of the Beverly Hills BOLD holiday programing. The pop-up features holiday vignettes, which creates the illusion of a two-dimensional painting when photographed. When visitors explore these vignettes, they are able to interact, touch and become part of the artwork.
Alexa Meade brings paintings to life by directly painting onto models creating a 2D to 3D illusion inspired by on her intrigue of shadows and the human body. Visitors stepping into the holiday-themed pop-up are transformed into artwork with each vignette offering a different color theme and its own matching painted clothing and accessories that can be worn. Immersed in Wonderland fuses these vignettes together, which include a periwinkle enchanted forest, a cozy living room with plush furniture, an emerald green dining space with a tea pot, plates and cups, an electric blue foyer and a ruby red playroom, all pulled together by a grand piano that visitors are invited to play.
As a self-taught artist, Meade’s fascination with space, light, and shadow led her to begin placing shadows on the human body, creating what has become her signature work. Artist Alexa Meade applies paint to the human body and three-dimensional spaces to create the illusion that our reality is a two-dimensional painting. Most recently, she painted on the body of pop superstar Ariana Grande for her iconic God is a Woman music video.
Throughout the holiday season, Beverly Hills will be decked out in colorful holiday décor offering extended shopping hours, live holiday music in the Beverly Canon Gardens and curated art walks throughout the city. The art exhibition, located at 262 North Rodeo Drive,is free and open to the public through December 23 on Monday-Saturday, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
By Kinya Claiborne, STYLE & SOCIETY
Photo Credit: Craig Blanks Photography