Alex Pollard is an artist working in paint and installations.
He deals regularly with the figure of the artist, making reference to contemporary culture and the hyper-connected digital society.
Alex Pollard creates paintings and installations that focus upon the political dynamics of contemporary culture. His work deals with the figure of the artist within a hyper-connected digital society and with the impact of today’s information economy on art and artists.
Alex Pollard was born 1977 in Brighton and studied at the Glasgow School of Art in 1996–9.
He creates paintings and installations that focus upon the political dynamics of contemporary culture. His work deals with the figure of the artist within a hyper-connected digital society and with the impact of today’s information economy on art and artists. His works have utilised implied authorship and fictional avatars, often blending critical conversations associated with institutional critique, context art and painting together.
In recent work he has presented the artist as a situational narcissist, a figure no longer able to distinguish between himself and his persona as a projected character. For his work 'Doormats', Pollard asked various people to draw caricatures of him. This group included his friends, art world colleagues (such as curators and other artists), former students and tutors of his, as well as recent acquaintances. The results of these requests showed the awkward power relations within this network, the drawings ranging from the affectionately insulting to the politely flattering. They are a form of coerced collaboration, achieved through charm or obligation, folding the immaterial and emotional labour of the art business into the work itself. The caricatures are then incorporated into the design of commercially produced doormats, with paint and dirt occupying equal billing.
Alex was a committee member at Transmission Gallery, Glasgow between 1999 and 2001. Solo exhibitions include: Hot Lava, Project Room, Glasgow (2012); Collaborations, Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow (2010); Tea-Leaf Demeanour, Whitechapel Project Space, London (2008); and Black Marks, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh (2007). Group exhibitions include the Santorini Biennale in 2012, The Irregular Correct at the Fremantle Arts Centre, Australia (2012) and Counterfacture at Luhring Augustine, New York (2007).
In 2005 Pollard represented Scotland at the 51st Venice Biennale. He is a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths College, London. He lives in London.
Alex Pollard's work will feature in Generation - a nation-wide survey show of influential art from Scotland over the last twenty-five years.'
Generation – Tramway, Glasgow
African Affair – Angus Macinnes – Third Eye Center, Edinburgh
Hot Lava - Glasgow Project Room
Collaborations, Sorcha Dallas Gallery, Glasgow
Tea-Leaf Demeanour, Whitechapel Project Space, London
Black Marks, Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh
Selective Memory, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
Selective Memory, Scottish Pavilion,Venice Biennale, Venice
Statements, Art Basel
Not For All My Little Words, Marc Straus Gallery, New York
Conspiracy of Detail, Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow School of Art
Fachgeschafte - ('Louis Moden Boutique') - Kunstverein Mönchengladbach (Lichthof Mönchengladbach) Germany
Everyone Else was Either Busy or Dead - Schau Ort – Christiane Büntgen, Zurich, Switzerland
It's Hard to Find a Good Lamp - Rhubaba, Edinburgh
Santorini Biennale, Greece
The Irregular Correct – New Art from Glasgow – Fremantle Art Centre, Australia
Industrial Aesthetics, Hunter College Times Square Gallery, New York,
Hau Auf Die Leberwurst (with Iain Hetherington), Bender, London
Rumours (with Iain Hetherington), Galerie Van Klomp, Glasgow
Avalon, The Embassy, Edinburgh (Curated by Neil Mulholland)
SV10: Members’ Show, Studio Voltaire, London (Selected by Jennifer Higgie and Rebecca Warren)
Little Magazine, +44 141 Gallery, SWG3, Glasgow
Four Fatrasies, Pump House Gallery, London (with Clare Stephenson)
Dress to the left! No! Dress to the right!, Curtin University, Perth, Australia (with Clare Stephenson)
The Fool, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland
The Dirty Hands, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow (with Clare Stephenson)
New Scots, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (curated by Sandy Moffat)
XS: Recent Small Scale Painting, The Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, Tennessee
Passed as Present, York Art Gallery, York
Tender Scene, The Changing Room, Stirling
Size Matters, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York
Echo Room: Contemporary British Art, Sala de la Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid (with the British Council)
Counterfacture, Luhring Augustine, New York (Curated by Mark Foxx, with David Musgrave, Rupert Norfolk and Will Daniels)
echo echo, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh
Campbell’s Soup, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow
Lauren Cornell, Massimiliano Gioni and Laura Hoptman (eds), Younger Than Jesus: Artist Directory, Phaidon, London
Fiona Bradley (ed.), Scotland & Venice, Scottish Arts Council, Edinburgh.
Echo Room: Contemporary British Art, British Council.
Berlin residency – Creative Scotland (June – September)
Fremantle Art Centre, Fremantle, Western Australia
Cologne Neues Kunstforum, Germany (February – March)
Creative Scotland Amsterdam Residency, Netherlands
Residency, Curtin University, Perth, Australia
Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden
Hope Scott Trust
Elephant Trust Grant
Henry Moore Foundation Grant
Hope Scott Trust
Scottish Arts Council Visual Arts Bursary (£15,000)
John Moore’s Painting Prize (runner-up)
Arts Council of England
Government Art Collection (England)
Scottish National Gallery
Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal
Transmission Gallery Committee Member