British artist Alexander Burgess works through the appropriation of computed materials, often using computation itself to create juxtaposition—or in another sense, order—in creating and exposing our relationship with contemporary photographic media. Through the mediation of the imagery of forms of representations of our world, we get insights into new perspectives around the increasingly complex technology which dictates our understanding of modern existence. Through both the use [and abuse] of digital tools, Alexander breaks down our understanding of the programmed, instructional and automated realities and the creation of the deliberate, calculated forms and their inherent aesthetics.
Shift-Command-Three (⇧-⌘-3) is an inquiry into the various virtualized representations of Earth. By creating software to emulate action/movements of satellite image-making that are part of the construction of the mosaic of Google's, Apple's, and Microsoft's Earths, the series documents the paradigms between a photographically recorded original truth and the fabricated, constructed, and generated attempts of recreating those truths.
Works include: Kulusuk 2016, Truro 2014, Gulf 2015, Penzance 2014, Sermersooq b 2015, Gulf II 2015, Connacht 2014, Maratea 2014, Caspain 2014, Albor a 2019, Albor b 2019, Pacifico 2020, Haw a 2019, Haw b 2019, Namak 2020, Four 2015, Aral 2018
1:1 recreates the textures of our constructed versions of our world at their original scale. Produced as 1x1m vinyl prints, they occupy our physical planet yet expose the connecting tissues to the complex and simultaneously low-fidelity/basic planets that exist and evolve with us.
Works include: Parasol 2015, Parasol II 2015, Parasol III 2015, Car Hood 2015, Bird 2015, Bird II 2015, Man Looking Up 2015
Tiles is a series of moving image pieces that document the continuously repeated illusions of the seas' moving waves from Google Earth.
Works include: Wave 2016, Seascape 2016
© 2014– Alexander Burgess. All rights reserved.
Metadata - how we relate to images, Lethaby Gallery, London
Oxymoron/Oksýmoron, Treviso, Italy
Fotopub, Novo Mesto, Slovenia
On Landscape #3, Chard, Dorset
Peckham 24, Copeland Park, London
The Red Files, Schwartz Gallery, London
Fresh Faced + Wild Eyed 2015, The Photographers Gallery, London
Art15, Olympia, Kensington, London
The Open West, The Wilson Centre, Cheltenham
Guest Room: Bruno Creschel, Der Greif, Online
Creative Outlet, 272 High Holborn Showroom, London
Camberwell Graduate Show, Camberwell College of Arts, London
On Landscape #1, Guest Projects Space, London
LIFE BOAT Studio Residency 14-15 (Sponsored by Artquest, UAL and ACAVA), London
Liminal, The Bear, London
Vault, Shoreditch Town Hall, London