Alex Hartley is a UK based artist working primarily with photography, often incorporating it into sculpture and installation.
Alex Hartley's work addresses complicated and sometimes contradictory attitudes toward the built and natural environments. His practice is wide ranging, comprising wall-based sculptural photographic compositions, room-sized architectural installations and, more recently, unique photographic works with sculptural elements inserted as low-relief into the surfaces of large-scale colour prints. Uniting these works is an investigation of modern architecture and the ways in which it is conceived and presented. Often destabilising ideas of 'iconic' architecture, Alex Hartley's practice allows room for multiple perceptions of and uses for architecture.
Hartley is represented by the Victoria Miro Gallery, UK
Mixed-media architectural constructions inserted into large scale landscape photographs.
In 2004 Hartley went to the High Arctic where he searched for and discovered an island that had been revealed from within the melting ice of a retreating glacier.
The island was taken out into International Waters where it was declared a new nation. This new nation – Nowhereisland – was towed behind a tug around the South West coast of England during the 2012 Olympic Games.
At the end of Nowhereisland's journey, in September 2012, the island was broken up and distributed amongst the 23,003 people from 135 countries signed up as "citizens of Nowhereisland". As a final gesture, a small piece of the island was sent to the edge of space, where some particles of rock from the island will remain forever in the upper-stratosphere.
LA Climbs – Alternative uses for Architecture was published in 2003.
A collision between an architectural coffee table book and a climbing guide, it investigates the city as surface and material.
Further journeys across London and Scotland were undertaken in 2007.