EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS IS NOWHERE
CTOBER 7, 2016 - JANUARY 8, 2017
CASCAIS CULTURAL CENTER
Alexandra Hedison (USA, b. 1969) is a contemporary fine art photographer based in Los Angeles, California. Committed to the decisiveness and precision of working with large and medium format film as well as digital technology, she addresses the interstices between tradition and novelty by exploring transitions between the two.
Created over a period of four years, the photographs in "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" record the mercurial terrain beneath the Malibu beach houses where Hedison grew up. These images are both vivid and abstract, subjugating the landscape to painterly compositions and surreal tableaus. The photographs in "Nowhere" map a subliminal geography once hidden from view and in the process they become the memory itself.
Hedison’s earlier work, “Rebuilding,” implies a history with the exploration of shifting narratives. These images from 2004 focus on specific architectural structures as they transform over time. Hedison photographed these spaces as if they were stories in and of themselves. Like our own narratives, their shape and form continues to be written and rewritten.
The color work in "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" was created over several years, always from a specific and repeated position. Using both film and digital cameras, composites were made by overlaying images. As a result, the combination of technique and temporality invites the viewer into a debate between seeing and remembering -- the dialogue of the unreliable self and an ever-illusive reality.
The black and white compositions encompass stark geometric forms that emerge from the bracing of timber below the Malibu beachfront homes. The picture plane is composed of monochromatic seascapes which the artist has arranged as if in a non-sequential film strip. These collaged abstractions include the rebate edge as an extension of the image itself, continuing formal elements past the individual constraints of each frame. The intersecting diagonals converge creating an expressive composition, both visual and subliminal; a motif seen throughout Hedison's work.
She often focuses on synthetic veils in ordinary environments, identifying a conceptual space between places. A geometry emerges and creates an architectural composition irrespective of context, linking her work to a medium-specific modernity that bolsters her observations of contemporary life. Hedison’s photographs are a direct encounter between the individual and the immensity of the internal landscape.