Category Archives: Rubbings

Reproduction

Glasgow Print Studio Gallery,
Glasgow International 2014

April/May 2014

Reproduction investigates themes of multiplicity, uniqueness and reproduction.

Alex Frost has analysed the points of intersection between image reproduction and human/social reproduction. The resultant artworks respond to both their immediate context of an exhibition within a specialist print studio complex and the social context of recently increasing birth rates in Britain (1) This continues on from previous works that address the particularities of the site – its location, its former use or its role within a community. He is not working from a critical distance but from a more conflicted position.

For Reproduction Frost presents a sculpture made from the debris of a stag/hen night reconfigured into an ‘adult fun’ Prometheus. This sits alongside a sculpture of a stack of paper constructed from sand and ‘impregnated’ with the love /trust hormone Oxytocin. Oxytocin is a powerful hormone which plays an important role in the neuroanatomy of intimacy. It also acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain and plays a huge role in pair bonding. This hormone is also greatly stimulated during sex, birth and breast-feeding. The artist purchased this hormone online as a body spray called ‘Liquid Trust’. It is expected that this sand sculpture will disintegrate as the water (and oxytocin) evaporates.

Additionally Frost has created a number of ‘screen rubbings’ including that of a dialogue between the old Skin Horse and the Rabbit in the children’s book The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams – a reference borrowed from ‘The Ecstasy of Influence – A plagiarism’ by
Jonathan Lethem (2) And additionally, ‘screen rubbings’ of Sherrie Levine’s 1979 rephotographs of Walker Evans’ depression era photographs of the Burroughs family, a family of sharecroppers in Alabama. Taken from Michael Mandiberg’s 2001 online art project.
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1. British birth rate leaps by 18% in a decade, The Independent, Emily Dugan, 4 Feb 2014.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home‐news/british‐birth‐rate‐leaps‐by‐18‐in‐a‐decade‐9107483.html
2. Source: http://harpers.org/archive/2

Self-Defence & Other Hobbies

The Park Gallery, Callendar House, Falkirk.
30th November 2013 – 25th January 2014.

‘Self-Defence & Other Hobbies’ features a range of techniques and materials that reference some of the more lugubrious sides to leisure and entertainment today.

All artworks made in 2013 for The Park Gallery, Callendar House.

Seinfeld
The Stand-In (season 5, episode 16)
Written by Larry David, 1994.

GEORGE: It’s just not good, it’s not good.
JERRY: It’s not good.
GEORGE: I’m bored. She’s boring, I’m boring, we’re both boring. We got out to eat, we both read newspapers.
JERRY: Well at breakfast everybody reads.
GEORGE: No. Lunch we read, dinner we read.
JERRY: You read during lunch?
GEORGE: Ya
JERRY: Oh, well.
GEORGE: There’s nothing to talk about.
JERRY: Ya, what’s there to talk about.
GEORGE: Well at least you and I are talking about how there’s nothing to talk about.
JERRY: Why don’t you talk to her about how there’s nothing to talk about?
GEORGE: She knows there is nothing to talk about.
JERRY: At least you’ll be talking.
GEORGE: Oh shut up.