The Weird Wiles of Reprehensible’s Pensibles  

November 16 th to January 7th

In 2016 Alexander Hamilton spent six months living and working in New York. The

Weird Wiles of Reprehensible’s Pensibles shows work done before, during and after

his stay.  This title is styled after a sentence in James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake ”...(

scolled becauld it was chalkfull of masterplasters and had borgeously letout gardens

strown with cascades, pintacostecas, horthoducts and currycombs) and set off from

Ludstown a spasso to see how badness was badness in the weirdest of

all pensible ways.”  Titles, and in particular words, will never say or do precisely what

you want them to, especially in everyday speech.  The same also applies to matter,

the base material that makes up the real non-symbolic world.   Responding to the

subtle changes and differences in language and urban environment in the USA, UK

and Australia, Alex works with and modifies the real, the everyday and the

unnoticed.   In his large drawings he uses photos he takes of a site, which he

photocopies and enlarges before re-planning and reconfiguring, using drawing, which

includes erasure.  He reworks each photo many times in a contradicting categorical

breaking with the previous reworked photocopied photo.  In his work with texts and

books erasure also plays a large part. When we take a photo it is a cast of light on a

flat surface and a slice of time which, like a drawing, is modified in our heads then

modified again when seen in public and again as the private and public collide and

adapt to each other.     

When we relate, describe, or make something stand in for reality, we revise, erase,

insert, adapt, extend, and expand the real situation in an imagery of its deeper or

supra real situation, in a similar way the processes through which Alex does his work

points to the conceptual framework of his project, namely: by erasing key letters and

words, the speech patterns of an American president are rendered more clear when

they are seen as concrete sound shapes; place names go some but not all the way in

designating real physical space; old joke books are seen as patterns of social

behaviour and overt cultural re-engineering; and the energy of real spaces is

excavated and made to overtly co-exist alongside its representation, constructing a

real and meaningful present.

Alex Hamilton, November 2017

November 16th, 2017 - January 7th, 2018