Alex Hartley

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About the Artist

Encounters with buildings are grounded by conventions and expectations, but Alex Hartley shows us new ways of physically experiencing and thinking about our constructed surroundings – through surface and line, scale and materials, locations and contexts.

 

Hartley's work addresses complicated and sometimes contradictory attitudes toward the built and natural environments. His practice is wide ranging, comprising wall-based sculptural photographic compositions, room-sized architectural installations and, more recently, unique photographic works with sculptural elements inserted as low-relief into the surfaces of large-scale colour prints. Uniting these works is an investigation of modern architecture and the ways in which it is conceived and presented. Often destabilising ideas of 'iconic' architecture, Hartley's practice allows room for multiple perceptions of and uses for the built form.

In Focus

Posted from Victoria Miro Editorial

Alex Hartley discusses his exhibition After You Left

What is the inspiration for your new monochromatic works?

“The monochrome works come from the period when I was living in LA. In a way they grew out of the climbing work I made in 2003, LA Climbs, which applies the rules of a climber’s guidebook to a selection of Los Angeles architecture, describing routes over both the iconic and the ordinary. For that, I visited examples of modernist domestic architecture with my guide book, but you couldn’t really see the houses because of walls or fences or the foliage that had grown up around them. My crawling around in hedges to see the buildings became part of that project and I also ended up with this bank of photos of buildings seen through foliage. These started to tie in with both the outdoor work for this exhibition and the ideas for the entire show.”

 

Some of the buildings you’ve chosen are very famous…

“There are Neutra buildings, a couple of Eames Case Study Houses, a John Lautner building… For me, these are the finest examples of residential architecture. In that particular setting where modernism needs and relies on the landscape, it’s all about trying to open out the architecture in order to have the garden and all that outside space become part of the building. But, in doing so, you end up having to defend that building with the edges of your property, because otherwise you’re just living inside a glass box.”

 

November 18, 2016
I’m interested in the idea of the viewpoint, the frame and the boundary and in turn how that relates to architecture in nature.

Previous exhibitions at Victoria Miro

19 November - 16 December 2016

Alex Hartley: After You Left

An exhibition of new work by the British artist, including a major architectural intervention in the gallery’s waterside garden. Thoughts of modernism and its legacy, as well as Romantic ideas of the ruin and the picturesque are conjured in these...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
14 November 2011 - 21 January 2012

Alex Hartley

The world is still big
Victoria Miro is pleased to present Alex Hartley's most recent culmination of his on-going investigation into dystopian architecture, secular habitation and the construction of sanctuary as an inherent drive to form refuge from the world. Hartley returns to his previous...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
24 March - 9 April 2009

The Collection

Group Exhibition

Victoria Miro collaborates with Siobhan Davies to present The Collection. For three weeks, performers and artists present specially commissioned dance and artworks at Victoria Miro Gallery in North London and Siobhan Davies Studios in South London. 

Victoria Miro Gallery I
6 September - 8 October 2005

Alex Hartley

Don't want to be part of your world
Don't want to be part of your world is a series of large-format landscape photographs Alex Hartley has taken in remote locations around the world. To these idyllic, desolate vistas he has inserted detailed architectural models meticulously built in relief...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
28 March - 12 May 2001

Alex Hartley

Case Studies
Alex Hartley is primarily known for his glass encased photographs of gallery spaces, tower blocks and fictional architectural constructions. In this exhibition he pursues his dialogue with iconic modernist architecture. The centre piece of the exhibition is Case Study, which...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
7 May - 30 June 2000

Raw

Group Exhibition
Yayoi Kusama. Francesca Woodman, Robin Lowe, Adriana Varejão, Isaac Julien, Doug Aitken, Abigail Lane, Hadrian Pigott, Brad Lochore, Cecily Brown, Chris Ofili, Andreas Gursky, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Inez van Lamsweerde, Peter Doig, Thomas Demand, Stephen Willats, Dawn Mellor, Chantal Joffe,...
Victoria Miro Gallery I
29 October - 21 November 1997

Alex Hartley

Viewer
Alex Hartley presents a major new work, Viewer . A gargantuan fully functioning slide viewer, based on an early sixties design, takes over the gallery space whilst oversized slides lean casually against the wall. The 35mm slide is recognised in...
Victoria Miro Gallery II
5 - 28 July 1995

Temples

Group Exhibition
Juren Albrecht, Bernd & Hiller Becher, Thomas Demand, Andreas Gursky, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Alex Hartley, Keir Smith, Stephen Willats
Victoria Miro Gallery II
1 March - 7 April 1995

Alex Hartley

Fountain Head
Victoria Miro Gallery II
30 June - 30 July 1992

Group exhibition

David Batchelor, Jake Chapman, Steven Cockerton, Alex Hartley, Pat Kaufman, Sarah Station
Victoria Miro Gallery II
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