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Alex Seton, Artist Case Study

Alex Seton, Artist Case Study

Alex Seton > Biography

Alex Seton’s artistic practice incorporates photography, video, sculpture and installation to investigate the complex relationship between form and substance. He is best known for his marble carving, applying his refined craftsmanship to unexpected forms. By infusing the rich heritage of Classical carving with contemporary concerns and materials, Seton gives weight to the issues we face here and now. As well as interrogating the creative process itself through performance, video and participatory works, Seton’s recent bodies of work have explored contemporary political themes, addressing the common humanity that prevails in the face of ongoing upheavals experienced across the globe.

Born in 1977, Sydney-based artist Alex Seton has been exhibiting regularly since graduating from the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales in 1998. He has held numerous solo exhibitions at Australian public institutions, had his work showcased across Asia, Europe and the USA, and been a finalist in several significant art prizes locally and overseas. In 2016 Seton was awarded joint winner of the Contemporary Talents International Competition of Contemporary Art, Fondation François Schneider, Wattwiller, France. His work is held in public, corporate and private collections internationally, including the National Gallery of Australia, Australian War Memorial, HBO Collection, New York, & Danish Royal Art Collection, Copenhagen. 

Alex Seton > Case Study

Alex was invited to exhibit Last Resort, at Linden as part of the 2013/2014 Summer Show. Alex had an extremely positive overall experience exhibiting at Linden and found the staff helpful with problem solving issues to ensure optimum presentation of the work. The installation team and curator were available during the installation process and provided Alex with valuable advice and assistance. Alex said, “we engaged in positive, frank discussions around the fact that my work married up with Linden’s history of immigration.”
Throughout the duration of the show, Alex participated in an artist talk and an, ‘In conversation,’ dinner at Circa at The Prince as part of Linden New Art’s diverse public programs. Alex benefited from the positive publicity received for his exhibition at Linden, including a review in ArtAsiaPacific and a promotional article in Saturday’s Age. Alex was appreciative of the collaboration between Linden and the McClelland Gallery + Sculpture Park and the connection made with the Besen Foundation who supported the exhibition’s accompanying publication.

The most important thing about working with Linden was “the opportunity to push myself to explore new avenues of expression.” Alex was able to premiere his sound work at Linden. Linden allowed me to play with the space to create the perfect surround soundscape in one entire gallery dedicated to the work, and they also committed to the technical upkeep of the work throughout the exhibition period. Alex believes the exhibition of Last Resort at Linden New Art resulted in his work gaining higher recognition with Melbourne audiences. He also later received an invitation to exhibit at the Human Rights Festival. Please find out more about Alex Seton > HERE

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