Eclectic and peripatetic by nature Alec combines action and found materials alongside other readymade objects and ingredients in his ‘activities’ which aim to emphasise the innate and paradoxical value of art’s purposeless purpose.
“Through extending the language of art practice into a means of encounter rather than an end in itself, reality and fiction are intertwined within the wider field of action.”
Alec’s broader project contextualizes the continued value of drawing as action, an ad hoc, semi-structured method, alongside the tendencies amongst a number contemporary artists re-examining the status of the art object and questioning its position as highly valued, unique commodity-component as we enter the Age of the Anthropocene.
Alec’s Artistic Research has attracted funding from the Arts & Humanities Research Council, the British Council, the Arts Council of England and the Arts Council of Wales and his work has been exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, with examples held in a number of public and private collections in north America, Europe and Asia. Recent exhibitions include Ibid Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei; A Place of Impossibility in INSERT2014: New Models for Common Ground Mati Ghar, curated by Raqs Media Collective at the Indira Ghandi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi; Detail H Project Space, Bangkok (and toured to Transition Gallery, London and Usher Gallery, Lincoln); Site Drawing: Drawing Site Robert E and Martha Hull Lee Gallery, Miami University, Ohio & Stella Elkins Galleries, Philadelphia, USA.