Contemporary artist Alexandra Loesser finds the dark side in everything

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C5 ventures into the arts world for another introspective chat with a Charlotte notable and celebrity to expose a little bit of their personal side by asking three questions:

  1. What are you reading?
  2. What are you listening to?
  3. What are you watching?

Then we take the answers and find the meaning, theme or message.

I sat down for a relaxed conversation with the charming and pensive Alexandra Loesser on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, near the Metropolitan, on a beautiful fall day. Loesser is a contemporary visual artist who has a studio in NoDa.

Hyena with Flower crown kings

Artwork by Loesser

The questions:

What are you reading?

I’m reading “Einstein’s Dreams,” by Alan Lightman. It’s a fictional collage of dreams, which the author perceives Einstein would have had while working in a Swiss patent office in 1905. It is a very melancholy, poetic book. While it is elegant, it is also sad. The book is broken into several short stories. I’d just finished reading “Beauty Was the Case That They Gave Me,” by Mark Leidner. It is a collection of poems. Beautiful read.

What are you listening to?

What am I not listening to? I must follow 50 different podcasts plus music. I have been listening to the latest album “Thank Your Lucky Stars” by Beach House. It is both dark and beautiful. It gives off an ambient feel that gets me in the zone when painting. I regularly am on Spotify listening to the indie rock bands — The National, Deerhunter and Warpaint.  My favorite podcasts are “This American Life,” “Invisibilia,” “TED Talks” and “Serial.”

What are you watching?

I don’t have cable. I watch Netflix and HBO Go. On HBO Go, I watch “Six Feet Under,” “Game of Thrones” and any classic horror movie. On Netflix, I watch “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” and “Portlandia.” I am also a documentary snob. I absolutely love them.

What all of this means to Loesser as a static self-assessment:

I always want to discover more. I want to know what it is like to experience things I haven’t experienced myself. I also like to see a little bit of artistry in everything. I cannot read, listen to or watch anything that is not artistically created. I find the dark side in everything.

Photos: Ken Condon, Alexandra Loesser

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