Glasgow Print Studio Gallery,
Glasgow International 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.
1. British birth rate leaps by 18% in a decade, The Independent, Emily Dugan, 4 Feb 2014.
2. Source: http://harpers.org/archive/2