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.