Alex Hartley - A Gentle Collapsing, 2016

Timber, render, bricks, steel, paint. Photo Thierry Bal.

Alex Hartley - A Gentle Collapsing, 2016

Timber, render, bricks, steel, paint. Photo Thierry Bal.

New Commission for Witley Court

Alex Hartley has been commissioned by Meadow Arts to make new sculptures that look like parts of ruined buildings, complete with plants and moss growing upon their apparently 'dilapidated' surfaces. Witley Court was ruined by a fire in 1937 and its shell is now open to the skies; making it a spectacular ruin propped up in places by modernist restoration methods.

Hartley intends his new sculptures to appear as if, "a section of an abandoned modernist or brutalist building has been perfectly cut out of its host and preserved - held in a frame - like a wall in an antiquities museum."

Alex Hartley

Alex Hartley is an artist based in the UK, whose work destabilises ideas of both iconic architecture and nature by exploring our understanding of utopian ideologies. Hartley has taken his work into the public realm, making ambitious works of land-art and employing his practice to test our notions of utopia, the individual, and the critical relationship we have with the environment that questions how we occupy the world's wild places.

Hartley’s artistic practice is wide-ranging, comprising wall-based sculptural photographic compositions, filmmaking, climbing, artist publications, room-sized architectural installations, participatory site-specific works, and it often involves him travelling to remote places (including an uninhabited island in the High Arctic) to instigate new work. For Meadow Arts exhibition, In Ruins at Witley Court (English Heritage), Hartley’s newly commissioned sculptures appear to be ruined buildings, complete with plants and moss growing upon their ‘dilapidated’ surfaces.

Previously, the artist has undertaken a residency with the National Trust for Scotland (2013) and has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally at venues including the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2017); Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2017); Contemporary Arts Centre, Ohio, US (2014); Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark (2013); Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester (2012) and the Fundación Canal, Madrid (2008).

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Hartley is represented by the Victoria Miro Gallery, UK

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