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Alex Hubbard
UNTITLED
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 86,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
59
Alex Hubbard
UNTITLED
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 86,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Art Evening Auction

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London

Alex Hubbard
B. 1975
UNTITLED
signed and dated 2011 on the overlap
acrylic, resin and fiberglass on canvas
239.5 by 198.5cm.; 94 1/4 by 78 1/8 in.
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Provenance

Eleni Koroneou Gallery, Athens

Acquired directly from the above by the present owner

Exhibited

Athens, Eleni Koroneou Gallery, The Basement of Alamo, 2011

Catalogue Note

Alex Hubbard’s art innovatively engages with both film and painting to create a distinctive pictorial lexicon. Profoundly inspired by the Canadian experimental film-maker Michael Snow’s cross-media strategy where film is made as though a painter, painting as though a sculptor and sculpture as though a musician, Hubbard’s videos and paintings explore both the reception and construction of both media in surprising and fascinating ways. In the shallow, canvas-like frame of the artist’s videos, objects crash, collide and push past each other in a beautifully frenetic kind of choreography. Hubbard's paintings are a counterpoint and natural extension of his video pieces. The present work perfectly realises this; caught as though in a permanent state of flux, great incandescent swirls of magenta and violet paint are stencilled and trowelled onto the canvas, interrupted by glossy pools of resin and patches of fiberglass. Indeed, as the artist describes “with these resin paintings I pour the resin onto the fiberglass and have 20–30 minutes before they dry. The mechanics of me pushing resin into the fiberglass before it dries becomes the gesture, one that looks painterly but is borrowed from the labour of making the thing” (Alex Hubbard in conversation with Maragret Knowles, Art In America, 18 February 2010, online resource). In doing so, Untitled strikingly immortalises a moment in time and pushes the boundaries of picture and film-making in an entirely unforeseen direction.

In recent years Hubbard’s art has been increasingly recognised on the international stage with major exhibitions at renowned institutions such as The Museum of Modern Art (PS1), New York, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and Tate, St Ives.  

Contemporary Art Evening Auction

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London