Photography (MA)

Alexander Mourant

Alexander Mourant is an artist based in London. His work has been included in publications such as FT Weekend Magazine, British Journal of Photography, Photograph, Unseen Magazine and The Greatest Magazine. Solo shows include Aomori at The Old Truman Brewery and Unseen Amsterdam, alongside group shows at Unit 1 Gallery, Copeland Gallery and Peckham 24. Mourant is a recipient of grants from ArtHouse Jersey, Jersey Bursary and Arts Council England. He has won the Free Range Award and was nominated for Foam Paul Huf Award. In 2020, Mourant became a member of Revolv Collective. He achieved BA Photography at Falmouth University, and MA Photography at Royal College of Art, London.

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Degree Details

School of Arts & Humanities

The following body of work, I Could Not Tell Glass From Air, finds its roots in the surrealist novel, Nadja, by André Breton; a story, where we meet a rather bemused and infatuated protagonist, who desires to live, entirely, in a glass house, for all the clarity and cohesion it would bring to the character which was himself. In a similar vein, Alexander Mourant, employs the subject of derelict greenhouses, artefacts from the 1960s agricultural era, to muse on history and culture; moreover, the artist renders the site as an anthropomorphised sculpture; an apparatus, where the photographic medium and his research practice, becomes interrogated and disseminated. The following themes reverberate within his work: reflexivity, temporality and metamorphosis. 

The title points towards the notion, or the experience, of double taking: a glance, which often reveals something unexpected, or overlooked. This evokes the artist’s deep interest in the phenomena of sight, and provides us with a doorway, to enter his concerns regarding the nature of disbelief and the liminal, contained within the site, and the medium itself. Mourant continuously draws on the nuanced oeuvre of Marcel Duchamp and Robert Smithson, to probe the ruin as a place of entropic energy; and to form analogous relationships between materials, both literal and metaphysical: glass and negatives; life and images; death and transfiguration. Through this consideration, the work feels as if contemporary archaeology; a vessel, where the shattering, and alchemic qualities of glass, become a breeding ground, suggestive of a grander metaphor, for the world and images we inhabit.  

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alchemy
Analogue
Black and White
Conceptual
Glass
Installation
liminal
Materiality
metamorphosis
photogram
Space
time

Vitrum IX, 2019 — 25cm x 20cm - Silver gelatin print - Mount + aluminium frame - Edition of 5 + 2AP

Fall I & II, 2019 — Diptych - 2: 156cm x 126cm - Digital silver gelatin print - Walnut frame - Edition of 3 + 2AP

A Gesture of Brambles, 2019 — 17: 61cm x 51cm + 1: 56cm x 51cm - Silver gelatin hand print (photogram) - Aluminium mount + steel tray frame - Unique

Shelter, 2020 — 38 mixed size (piece scale: 4m x 9.2m) - Silver gelatin hand print (photogram) - Aluminium mount + steel tray frame - Unique

Vitrum I, 2019 — 106cm x 86cm - Digital silver gelatin print - Walnut frame - Edition of 5 + 2AP

Vitrum II, 2019 — 156cm x 126cm - Digital silver gelatin print - Walnut frame - Edition of 5 + 2AP

Vitrum III, 2019 — 10cm x 8cm - Silver gelatin print - Mount + aluminium frame - Edition of 5 + 2AP

Vitrum IV, 2018 — 10cm x 8cm - Silver gelatin print - Mount + aluminium frame - Edition of 5 + 2AP

Vitrum VI, 2019 — 156cm x 126cm - Digital silver gelatin print - Walnut frame - Edition of 5 + 2AP

Vitrum V, 2018 — 41cm x 51cm - Silver gelatin print - Walnut frame - Edition of 5 + 2AP

Vitrum VII, 2018 — 126cm x 156cm - Digital silver gelatin print - Walnut frame - Edition of 5 + 2AP

Vitrum VIII, 2019 — 106cm x 86cm - Digital silver gelatin print - Walnut frame - Edition of 5 + 2AP

Vitrum X, 2019 — 106cm x 86cm - Digital silver gelatin print - Walnut frame - Edition of 5 + 2AP

Vitrum XI, 2018 — 156cm x 126cm - Digital silver gelatin print - Walnut frame - Edition of 5 + 2AP

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