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Alexander Bartleet explores the potential of things that are often underestimated, considered to have degraded qualities or are limited by traditions, habits of thought and so have lost their vitality and agency, including the possibility of incorporation into a work of art. Philosopher Martin Heidegger argued that objects are often ‘invisible’ to us when they are functioning and being used. It is only when things break down that we become aware of them and consider them. These existing habits of thinking can often fix things in the past and limit their potential to be realised in new and innovative ways. This practice investigates where vitality and newness might be located in things otherwise underestimated, forgotten or degraded materials. Through the making of art, this project explores unconventional ideas and approaches that may disrupt existing limiting perceptions we have toward familiar things and open up new thoughts, possibilities and realisations for them.

AWARDS

Winner, The Wallace Trust Premier Postgraduate Art Award,  AUT University, St Paul Street Gallery, Auckland. 2015

 

Winner, Waiheke Small Sculpture Prize, Waiheke, Auckland. 2014

 

Winner. BMW Art Awards Emerging Artist. Team McMillan BMW, Auckland. New Zealand, 2008

 

Winner. Mazda Emerging Artist Awards. Emerging artist prize, The Hilton Hotel, Auckland. 2007

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Alexander Bartleet explores the potential of things that are often underestimated, considered to have degraded qualities or are limited by traditions, habits of thought and so have lost their vitality and agency, including the possibility of incorporation into a work of art. Philosopher Martin Heidegger argued that objects are often ‘invisible’ to us when they are functioning and being used. It is only when things break down that we become aware of them and consider them. These existing habits of thinking can often fix things in the past and limit their potential to be realised in new and innovative ways. This practice investigates where vitality and newness might be located in things otherwise underestimated, forgotten or degraded materials. Through the making of art, this project explores unconventional ideas and approaches that may disrupt existing limiting perceptions we have toward familiar things and open up new thoughts, possibilities and realisations for them.

AWARDS

Winner, The Wallace Trust Premier Postgraduate Art Award,  AUT University, St Paul Street Gallery, Auckland. 2015

 

Winner, Waiheke Small Sculpture Prize, Waiheke, Auckland. 2014

 

Winner. BMW Art Awards Emerging Artist. Team McMillan BMW, Auckland. New Zealand, 2008

 

Winner. Mazda Emerging Artist Awards. Emerging artist prize, The Hilton Hotel, Auckland. 2007

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