IN CONVERSATION WITH ALEX SETON
3PM - 4.30PM, 5th February, 2023
Join us for an in conversation with artist Alex Seton about his exhibition EVERYTHING WAS BEAUTIFUL AND NOTHING HURT.
Exhibition Viewing: 3PM – 3.30PM
In Conversation: 3.30PM – 4:30PM
Join us for closing drinks and an artist in conversation as artist Alex Seton discusses his exhibition EVERYTHING WAS BEAUTIFUL AND NOTHING HURT with The Australian Financial Review’s Stephen Todd. Hear Alex and Stephen discuss the artist processes creating a series of chandeliers made in tribute to Newcastle’s discontinued Leonora Glassworks, and how this exhibition contemplates memory, loss and the passing of time.
About Alex Seton
Alex Seton’s artistic practice incorporates sculpture, photography, video and installation to examine problematic ideas and concepts and give them form. Always carefully considered, Seton’s artworks playfully sit at the junction of an idea, forcing a choice in the viewer as a litmus test of their own disposition. Often with heart and humour, his beguiling surfaces reveal themselves to be not as simple or polite as they first appear. Whether contemplating notions of nationhood, legacy and privacy or the problematic relationship between individual and society, the personal and cultural always collide in his work in a complex relationship between form and substance.
Seton’s engagement with his audience and contemporary society runs in parallel with investigations into the history and alchemy of his medium. Best known for marble carving, Seton flouts and expands upon the traditions of sculpture, exploring the materiality of marble with works that use the chemistry and properties of marble as poetic device. Often returning to photography, video, sound, and ephemeral works in his practice, Seton most recently breaks with the constraints of physical sculpture with Augmented Reality artworks.
About Stephen Todd
Stephen Todd began his writing career in Paris in the early 1990s where his immersion in the worlds of fashion, architecture and design saw him well-placed to contribute essays to journals of record including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Australian and Le Monde, and magazines including Wallpaper*, Blueprint, Fantastic Man and American Vogue. Today he is the Design Editor of the Australian Financial Review newspaper and the Head of Publishing at the Powerhouse Museum, and consults on strategic communication and branding to architects, designers and institutions.