claIrvoyance of paIntIng

Alexander James Pollard

Workshop 01: 14 October 2018 11am - 3:30 pm
Workshop 02: 21 October 2018 11am - 3:30 pm

Block 67, 67 Tontine Street, Folkestone, CT20 1JR

To accompany the current exhibition at HOP Projects CT20, artist Alexander James Pollard will run a series of two Sunday workshops that re-examines Steiner’s Anthroposophy techniques by building a body of work that refers to mythic subject matter local to Folkestone & South East England, both historic and contemporary. The techniques encourage painters to generate form without the use of restrictive outlines, allowing access to an intuitive voice through the process of painting. Moving the material of paint around the surface before thinking about what one might be materializing as a preconceived idea.

We believe that painting has the potential to deeply nourish the soul and provide a healthy out-breathing, creating an inner flexibility or contact with intuitive intelligences. It acts as a balance to some of the more cerebral restrictions of some forms of art production now normalised and institutionalised within contemporary art practice and education. Perhaps equally important is the re-positioning of the importance of material-based learning in relation to the inevitable encroachment of technological and digital influences on our environment.

These workshops are free and open to all members of the public (no previous experience required). They are a fantastic opportunity to explore the process of image-making guided by intuition.

Surface Tensions, Contemporary Works 2018

HOP Projects CT20

Through its commissions, Surface Tensions interweaves and bends traditional genres of representation, inviting visual arts, performance and site-specific interventions to explore the complexities of experiences as simultaneously physical, psychological, emotional and cultural. Paintings could be seen as a window onto a fantastic universe. However, these have their own material presence as physical objects.

Pollard’s exhibition balances the tensions between abstraction and the suggestive ghostly forms, playfully emerging from its native habitat and depths of surface textures. Surface Tensions focusses on the organic transformations artists exercise over material techniques to direct our attention to the physical, instinctive and spiritual explorations they perform over their works.

Alexander James Pollard

Alexander James Pollard (b. 1977, Brighton, England) studied BA (Hons) Painting and Drawing at Glasgow School of Art from 1996-99, participating in an exchange program at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago in 1997.

His MPhil titled A Genealogy of Bad Painting – Legacies, Soft Objects and Networks was undertaken part-time from 2012-17 at Goldsmiths College, London. Pollard was a curator for two years at Transmission gallery, Glasgow between 1999 and 2001. In 2005 Pollard represented Scotland at the Venice Biennale. Other solo exhibitions include: Hot Lava, Project Room, Glasgow (2012); Collaborations, Sorcha Dallas Gallery, Glasgow (2010); Tea-Leaf Demeanour, Whitechapel Project Space, London (2008) and Black Marks, Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh (2007). Group exhibitions include Counter Facture at Luhring Augustine, New York in 2007, the Santorini Biennale in 2012 and The Irregular Correct – New Art from Glasgow at the Fremantle Art Centre, Fremantle, Australia (2012). Pollard lives and works in London.