Photo: Alexis Rago in Lincoln/London, East Midlands

Alexis Rago

Artist

Working at the convergence of science, religion and art, ceramic material becomes a plastic means of bringing objects of the mind into this world: to express in some way what it is to be here and now: purpose lies in witnessing existence. The most political statement I can make is to be totally apolitical to the point where my work does not reference the human world overtly but challenges societal perceptions of it own centrality in the world. I see this as part of a new movement that envisages humanity as a transient phase in the development of the universe; or is there something more deeply significant to ourselves as to how we transact with the environment in terms of resources, politics and art? I look to cross boundaries including between the traditional and avant garde in terms of a dialogue between the conceptual and the physical. This opens up a discussion that was long ago put to rest between art and craft by highlighting current reappraisals of skill versus idea and sentiment versus significance. What is interesting is that each viewer takes away what they bring in an altered form. This is what apoliticism is about, change without prejudice of the other, an embracing of the plurality of life marked as areas along a spectrum of possibilities. read full statement

Location Lincoln/London, East Midlands
Activities Primary education, Secondary education, Higher education, Further education, Special needs education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Public art, Private commissions, Critical writing
Artforms / type of project Ceramics, Digital, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Sound
Website http://www.alexisrago.com/

News & Events

  • New Publication - essay and photographs

    Published by Protoangel: an illustrated essay by the Director of the Crafts Study Centre, Professor Simon Olding - photography by Alexis Rago. ISBN 9780956880215

  • Documentary Video

    Video commissioned by the National Centre for Craft and Design, produced by Knowmedia documenting Alexis Rago's practice in studio Link: http://vimeo.com/73698857

  • Artist's Talk

    26/02/2014
    Craft Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham

    5.30pm to 7.00pm, Wednesday 26 February 2014 Tickets priced £5.00 must be booked in advance, as they are strictly limited in number. T: 01252 891450 E: csc@ucreative.ac.uk

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  • Alexis Rago: Chaos Contained

    07/01/2014 – 01/03/2014
    Craft Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham

    The National Centre for Craft & Design confirms that Alexis Rago: Chaos Contained will begin its life as a touring show at the Craft Study Centre in Farnham, University for the Creative Arts.

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