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 – Alex Hartley: Closer Than Before
The first site-specific installation at Victoria Miro Venice, Closer Than Before (on view 22 April–17 June 2023) features a dynamic architectural intervention that transforms part of the gallery, providing context for new wall-mounted works that continue the artist’s interest in layering, materiality, illusion and how art questions our relationship to time.
Previous exhibitions at Victoria Miro
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.