Alexandra Carr

Location: London
Website: www.alexandracarr.co.uk
Bio:

Alex is an artist working with patterns in nature, natural processes and phenomena. Her work is heavily science based and experimental in nature. Alex completed a foundation at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design and a ceramics degree at Camberwell College of Art, graduating in 2003. She has worked on an exhibition with Jean Paul Gaultier which was exhibited at the Foundation Cartier in Paris. After working at various galleries including the Tate Britain she worked as a model maker for Norman Foster and more recently, in the 3D side of the events industry. Carr exhibits internationally and collaborates with specialists from other disciplines such as musicians, sound designers and theoretical physicists. Her practice includes, drawing, sculpture, kinetic works, photography and video although the boundary between art and technology is of particular importance. She has spent the last six months at the artists’ collective HEIMA, in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland, as an artist in residence and mentor and is currently documenting her works in a castle in Co. Galway, Ireland.

Carr explores the perception of our reality, our environment and our very existence. Levels of seeing, states of being and plains of consciousness are at the forefront of her mind when drawing, making or creating interactive or kinetic works. She surveys physical forces, prying under their charade of manifestation to uncover the underlying code that connects us to each other and the cosmos.

Superposition. Suspended realities. Scale of time, space and form are all connected in this ether. They all relate to each other but are contradictorily irrelevant. The complete perfection and oneness of a sphere has infinity in its finite nature and invites division as all realities cascade from its potential.

Perpetual change despite the universal order provokes Carr to give weight to transience, boundaries between states of matter, and chaotic structures. Our observation of constant flow and flux is only possible due to the arrow of time. There is no past, there is no future, only now, but even our perception of the present is inaccurate. Persistence of vision dictates that we form thoughts based on light our eyes perceive milliseconds in the past. As sentient beings, we can never truly experience the present; we only exist in our own construct of reality as experiential shadows of the past in a physical present. So the true definition of reality is inaccurate and redundant. Therefore we are free to exist in any reality we choose and transcend to the elegance of a universe we are unable to comprehend. There is no such thing as reality; there is only perception.

Exhibitions:

'Hang On:' – HEIMA Gallery, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland, April 2015.
'Transitions' – HEIMA Gallery, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland, February 2015.
‘Fragments’ – HEIMA Gallery, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland, October 2014.
‘Structures’ – HEIMA Gallery, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland, August 2014.
‘The Sea Cabinet’ Snape Maltings and Wilton’s Music Hall, London, May - August 2013. Collaboration with Musical Artist in Residence Gwyneth Herbert. Working on the theme of the sea. Touring UK performance. (Further national and International tours planned for 2015-2016)
‘Irminsil – You are lost’ – Perrot’s Folly, Birmingham, March 2012
‘ Still Lives’ – Norman Rea Gallery, York September 2011.
‘The Winter’s Wayzgoose’ – Copped Hall, Epping, December 2010.
‘Activate Winter Show’ – Beecroft Art Gallery. October 2010.
‘Chelmsford Arts Trail’ – Interior Angle Gallery, Chelmsford, September 2010.
‘Ingleside Arts Festival’ – Oxfordshire May 2010.
‘New Designers’ – Business Design Centre, Islington, July 2003.
‘Degree Show’ – Centenary Gallery, Camberwell, June 2003.
‘Home Sweet Home’ – Centenary Gallery, Camberwell, March 2002.
‘Kneading Space’ – Shoreditch, March 2002.