We are excited to announce the relocation of the studio to Moscow where Alexander James is immersed in preparing new works for his next solo show at The Triumph Gallery. Founded in 2006 by Emelyan Zakharov and Dmitry Khankin. The gallery focuses on contemporary art and works with major Russian and international artists. Among well-known Russian artists the gallery works are with AES+F, Vladimir Dubossarsky and Alexander Vinogradov, Alexei Beliayev-Guintovt and Recycle. In 2006 Triumph showed the work of Damien Hirst, for the first time in Russia. This was followed a year later by a solo show by Jake and Dinos Chapman. Alexander will be one of the very few British artists to have a solo show at this impressive space; and the only one to physically relocate his studio to immersively create the works in Russia itself allowing the surroundings to infuse his work. The show is tipped to be Pre-Raphaelite & figurative perhaps referencing his earlier Ophelia works seen below.
‘Witness‘ ’Turned from heavens doors‘
2012, from ‘A beautiful announcement of death‘ Pertwee Anderson & Gold Gallery, Soho, London
This Moscow show follows on from the critically acclaimed ‘Intersection’ back in May of this year; the show was quoted as ‘like walking into a multi-storey car park lit by Dan Flavin’; The Independent Newspaper. ‘James has captured the essence of the Dutch tradition whilst being strikingly contemporary’ Dr Michael Petry ‘Natre Morte’ published by Thames & Hudson. ’achieving a serene balance between voyeurism and intimacy’ Davina Catt for Andy Warhol’s ‘Interview Magazine’. Below is a filmed interview with Alexander shot from within the exhibition space itself.
Also announcing the release of a new body of wrok ‘Transparency of a dream’ tracing the stimulus for the series to a particular conversation Alexander had with a curator ten years ago in which the reproducible capacity of photography – its force and its failing – was scrutinised. Provoked by the notion that a painting is intrinsically more valuable than a photograph primarily because of its singular uniqueness, Alexander presents this series of one-off transparencies as an attempt to challenge ideas concerning the spiritual and economic valuation of artworks and to create an exciting tension between their individual present and relinquished, reproducible past.
’Waking in green hues‘ 8 * 10″ transparency; unique non editioned piece
Speaking from his own experiences, believing that a painter’s or sculptor’s practice should not be regarded by default with greater reverence than other artistic mediums like photography because of presumptions regarding skill. The creative process Alexander engages in operates in a dimension that presents profound difficulties: having to bring these works into physical existence before it can even begin; effectively, to create his canvas.
The artworks’ appearance of sheer, fluttering delicacy, accentuated by the use of hand-crafted light-panel frames, is enabled through complex technical execution. Constructing these sculptural scenes underwater and because of this painstakingly intricate method, each piece is not only a unique physical entity but embodies an unrepeatable aesthetic efflorescence; representing the singular, ghostly event of artistic consummation performed through the painterly fluid mechanics of water.
No prints of these images will ever be made; original like a sketch or painting, these one-off artworks reverse the conventional parameters of photographic works. Blurring the lines between sculpture, painting and photography, they only exist as a single piece of acetate encased in a multi-sensory lush frame.