Jonathan Alibone

‘My art is an interrogation of western culture’s beliefs and values, and an exploration of the tension between faith and doubt, physical desire and spiritual longing. It can be read as an articulation of the uncertainty and irreconcilable antagonisms inherent in our existence.'

Alibone sources images and text from film, magazines, pulp fiction and pornography, setting them adrift from their original contextual moorings. Although the appropriated subjects’ cultural and symbolic associations are retained, they are here co-opted; when re-imagined and repositioned, they achieve a new potency, becoming ambivalent signifiers of moral emptiness, skepticism, and self disgust. The viewer is no longer a passive consumer but a voyeur and participant, implicated in a nihilistic culture’s obsessions, perversions, and hunger for meaning.

Jonathan Alibone is an artist based in the United Kingdom, and is currently both a resident and curator of The Sanctuary in Northampton, England. He has exhibited widely and his work features in collections in the UK, Europe, Russia and North America.

Alexander Small

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My work occupies the space between ideas of the Dionysian and the Absurd, moving from one to the other exploring themes of futility, pointlessness, hopelessness, nuisance, de individuation, death, rebirth and the irrational.

This activity becomes a strategy for affirming life in the hope of building links between individuals by examining and questioning moments of extremity and stagnation experienced in the everyday. Remnants of events that could be termed dionysian are represented, located, exposed and injected into its opposite. The dionysian becomes the  counter subversion to the inert false economies of the apollonian and it is hoped that this dialogue will reinvigorate, create new meaning and affirm life.

Working with a range of media systems including drawing, installation, sculpture, sound and video these ideas are examined through a gentle kind of system mocking, where the system is form such as image, object, machine or event the dionysian manifests in some way as disorder, noise, glitch, corruption, dis function, dissipation, fragmentation, displacement disintegration or de individuation. This process on many levels could be termed as tragic giving birth to the next dialogue of meaning and through this change or end a new beginning is born.

Jonathan Alibone & Alexander Small © 2008 - 2019