Edel Assanti is pleased to present D-Construction, an exhibition of new work by Alex Hoda, curated by Claire Shea, Curator of the Cass Sculpture Foundation.
Alex Hoda's latest works apply cutting edge technological processes to traditional sculptural materials. Assimilating the aesthetic language of a range of art historical movements, the exhibition comprises works from Hoda's two recent series in Carrara marble and painted iron.
Constructed using 3D modelling, the marble sculptures are scaled up from pieces of chewed gum, and the iron works from sculpted banana skins. Despite being intricately accurate to the original objects, following their transformation the sculptures themselves are at first glance unrecognisable and seemingly abstract. Hoda's treatment and selection of materials intentionally prompts classical and modernist associations - the art historical connotations of each medium supersedes the legibility of the object.
In the preparatory stages of each marble work, Hoda creates a broad range of maquettes, sculpting the gum with his teeth before solidifying these forms overnight in the freezer. In a process of selection, material adaptation and enlargement reminiscent of Henry Moore's late practice, Hoda then scans his chosen maquette in 3D space for its translation into marble. The iron works undergo a comparable transformation: the source objects are delicate, hand-sculpted maquettes formed from entwined dry banana skins.
Hoda's writhing marble and iron forms, at once suggestive and impenetrable, are sufficiently removed from their source objects to furnish them with a formal ambiguity. The tension between the high cultural legacy of his materials and the low, ephemeral nature of the subject matter facilitates a critique of our reliance on systems of classification and cross-reference to deduce meaning from the world.
Alex Hoda studied at Wimbledon College of Art and Goldsmiths College, graduating from the Royal Academy of Arts, London in 2008. Recent solo exhibitions include University of the Arts, London (2008), Metro 5 Gallery, Melbourne (2009) and Royal British Sculpture Society, London. His work was included in recent exhibitions at: Museum of Modern Art Baku, Azerbaijan; Haunch of Venison, London (2012); and Newspeak, British Art Now at the Saatchi Gallery, London. Hoda's large outdoor sculpture, Whirlwind, was installed on the grounds of the Cass Sculpture Foundation in October 2011. Alex Hoda lives and works in London.