Alex Latham (b. 1992, Sydney)
Alex Latham calls on a wide variety of images, pop culture references and irreverent iconography and re-purposes them through paint. Latham takes familiar images and objects and processes them into hyper self-referential works that reflect the abundance of images that make up his world-view. The resulting works are absurdist, playful and esoteric portraits of the artist as experienced through his references.
Alex Latham’s body of work explores the navigation of the virtual and physical as spaces with increasingly waning distinctions. The artist’s subject matter is manipulated, amputated and repeated upon before being frantically sewn back together to create something new. The glitch aesthetics of a digital landscape are recalled but made permanent through the process of paint. For the artist, this process has come to symbolise a ‘scatter brain’ phenomenon produced by the hyper-prescience of digital information in seemingly non-digital landscapes.
Alex Latham is the director of Canteen, an artist run initiative in central Sydney, Chippendale. He has been exhibiting in Sydney for a number of years and has completed an Honours degree in printmaking at the National Art School 2014.
Blake Prize Finalist, Casula Powerhouse
Stella Downer Printmaking Award
Australian Galleries 2012 Exhibition Prize
Canteen Launch, (Group Opening) Canteen, Chippendale
Easily Digestible Imagery, (solo show) Wellington Street Projects, Chippendale
Greenway Art Prize (finalist), Art est. Leichardt
Familiar Intervention (joint), Kudos Gallery, Paddington
65th Blake Prize Exhibition (finalist), Casula Powerhouse, Casula
Walking in the Bike Lane (solo show), Brunswick Street Gallery, Brunswick, Melbourne
Austral - Australia (solo show), Wellington Street projects, Chippendale
Fresh Blood: Redback Graphix and its Aftermath, Casula Powerhouse, Casula
X WORDS (group show), Institut fur alles Mogliche, Mitte, Berlin
I-AM artist residency, Wedding, Berlin
Salon de Sydney (group exhibition), Ambush Gallery
Summer in the City (joint show), Alpha House Gallery, Newtown
FROM A DISTANT LAND (group show), Ambush Gallery, Central Park
DOUBLE HAPPINESS, Chippendale, The Corner Cooperative
National Art School Award Exhibition, Australian Galleries, Paddington
Saatchi & Saatchi Office Honours Exhibit, Saatchi & Saatchi Office Building, The Rocks
Emporio Armani National Art School Postgraduate Exhibition,(Group Exhibition) National Art School Gallery, Darlinghurst