The metaphysics of shit : A selection of recent paintings
Referring to Jean Fischer’s 2002 essay ‘Towards a Metaphysics of Shit’ this series of paintings examine ideas of the trickster not only as a potent symbol of the liminal state but also as a method for realising its re-creative potential. Using historic images as a starting point particularly images from European wood block print imagery portraying themes of defecation, time and de-individuation these images are re-presented as paintings. This process of translating the image from one media to another is an absurd act in itself, mocking both systems of representation known as painting and print.
Generally Alexander’s work occupies the space between ideas of the Dionysian and the Absurd, moving from one to the other exploring themes of futility, pointlessness, hopelessness, nuisance, de individuation, death, rebirth and the irrational.
Based in Northampton, Alexander studied Art and Visual Culture in Bristol, Fine Art at the University of Northampton and has been a practicing artist for the past ten years completing his MA at Camberwell College of Art London in 2011. He has regularly exhibited around the UK, Europe, and North America and travelled to India researching traditional art forms. He has been a resident artist, trustee and volunteer at the Artist Sanctuary in Northampton and a member of the Northampton Arts Collective as a voluntary board member. He received the Juliet Gompert’s Trust Award in 2010, was selected for the Future Map 11 exhibition at the Zabludowicz Collection and has completed an AIR mini residency at Archway London in 2012. Past projects include a collaborative practice ‘Art ] iculating History’ placing art concepts in historical contexts and Gallery S6X a pop up gallery in Northampton .