Approved: 16.08.2006

Alexis Rago

Artist, Maker, Curator, Project manager, Teacher

Approved: 16.08.2006

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

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  • Location: Lincoln/London, East Midlands
  • Activities: Primary education, Secondary education, Higher education, Further education, Special needs education, Practice-based research, Workshops, Public art
  • Categories: Ceramics, Digital, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Sound
 
 
 

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    Biography

    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.

    CV & Education

    Solo exhibitions

    2014 - Craft Study Centre, University of the Creative Arts

    2014 - 20-21 Visual Arts Centre

    2013 - Alexis Rago: Chaos Contained, National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford

    2013 - Frequency Festival, Impermanent and Everlasting, Chad Varah chapel, Lincoln

    2011 - Art From Within Biology, Linnean Society of London, Burlington House

    2011 - Speaking With Tongues, St Peter's Church, Kingerby, East Midlands

    2008 - Eternal Metamorphosis, Dissenters Gallery, London

    2005 - A Glimpse Through the Void, Czimmerl Gallery, Lincoln

    2002 - New Work, Sam Scorer Gallery, Lincoln

    2001 - Chromatic Hybrids, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe

    1999 - Recent Work, Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery

    1997 - Steel in the Art, Scunthorpe Museum and Art Gallery

    1991 - Traces of Life II, Bolivar Hall, London

    1990 - Traces of Life, Montespertoli Art Biennial, Italy

    1989 - Fontanarosa Gallery, Empoli, Italy

    1988 - The British Institute, Florence, Italy

    1987 - Palazzo Dei Pellegrini, Barberino Val D'elsa, Florence, Italy

    1985 - Landscapes, Empoli Town Hall, Italy

     

    Group exhibitions

    2013 - An Arrangement in White, XO Gallery, Leeds

    2013 - Curiosity Aquired, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, North Lincolnshire

    2013 - Zygote Festival, Sleaford

    2012 - Forms Most Beautiful, Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth

    2012 - Millpond Curated Bookshelf, Exhibition Hall, Saltaire

    2012 - Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia, London

    2011 - Trent Vale Landscape Project, Art in Churches, St Wilfrids Church,Nottinghamshire

    2011 - Eurantica, Brussels Expo, Brussels

    2011 - London International Fine Art and Antiques Fair, Olympia, London

    2011 - OPEM, The Collection, Lincoln

    2011 - Parallax 1, Royal Opera Arcade, London

    2011 - Totem Body, Crypt Gallery, London

    2010 - Meleager's Garland, Sir Joseph Banks Conservatory, Lincoln

    2010 - Bend In The River, Gainsborough

    2010 - Museums Association Annual Conference, Manchester Central, Manchester

    2009 - Chaos Theories, Weekend Gallery, Hastings

    2009 - Journey to the Centre of the Earth, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, North Lincolnshire

    2009 - New Year Show, Blackheath Gallery, London

    2007 - Bankrobber, London

    2007 - Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire

    2006 - Usher Gallery, Lincoln

    2006 - Gallery on the Strait, Lincoln

    2006 - Special Photographers' Company, London

    2004 - Light Box 3, Linn-Benton Community College, Albany, Oregon, USA

    2004 - Out of Sight, Out of Mind, House Gallery, London

    2002 - Inside Art, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, North Lincolnshire

    2002 - Power of Art, Usher Gallery, Lincoln

    2001 - Brigg Live Arts, Brigg

    2001 - The Gallery, Lincoln

    2000 - 01.01.01, touring exhibition, Lincolnshire County Council

    2000 - Bend in the River, Gainsborough

    2000 - Stamford Arts Centre,

    2000 - Harding House, Lincoln

    2000 - Moot Point Gallery, Louth

    1999 - Cheers, The British Lime Gallery, Santa Ana, California

    1999 - Ludwig Becks, Munich

    1999 - The Talent Search Gallery, Santa Ana, California

    1998 - Oxo Tower, London

    1998 - Riverbank House, Klein Wort Benson, London

    1998 - The British Lime Gallery, Laguna Beach, California

    1997 - Pull up a Chair, Scunthorpe Museum and Art Gallery

    1996 - Gallery 58, Inaugural Show, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire

    1996 - Cassian Gallery, Lincoln

    1995 - Cassian Gallery, Lincoln

    1994 - Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

    1992 - Horncastle College, Lincolnshire

    1990 - Bolivar Hall, London

    1990 - Castello di Castellina in Chianti, Italy

    1990 - Castello Vicchiomaggio, Greve, Florence

    1990 - VI International Fair of Contemporary Art, Palazzo degl'Esposizioni, Florence

    1989 - Fontanarosa Gallery, Empoli, Italy

    1989 - Monastery of S.S. Annunziata, Empoli, Italy

    1988 - Galerie Bruno Ract-Madoux, Paris

    1986 - Flying Colours Gallery, Edinburgh

    1983 - Palazzo Spinelli, Institute for Art and Restoration

    1981 - Hampton Hill Gallery, London

    1981 - Venezuelan Embassy, London

     

    Curated projects

    2011 - Gone with the Wind, Raven Row, London

    2008 - Eternal Metamorphosis, Dissenters Gallery / Kensal Green Cemetery, London

    2004 - Protoangel Visions, St Peter's, Churches Conservation Trust, Lincolnshire

    2003 - Exhibition and Concert, St Peter's, Churches Conservation Trust, Normanby by Spital

    2005 - Lincolnshire Landscapes - pinhole photography, various, Lincolnshire

    2004 - Michelangelo Sculptures - Pinhole Photography, Galleria dell'Accademia, Florence, Italy

     

    Artist talks

    2014 - 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, June 21

    2014 - Artist's Talk. Craft Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts.  Feb 26

    2013 - Interview with Barry Hale, Frequency Digital Festival

    2011 - An Artificial Natural History, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham

    2011 - Art from within Biology, Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, London

    2011 - Art in Churches, St Paul's, Trent Vale Landscape Project, Morton, Lincs

    2011 - Art in Churches, St Wilfrid's, Trent Vale Landscape Project, Low Marnham, Notts

    2008 - The Who, What and Why of an Art Work, Dissenters Gallery, London

    2002 - Talk accompanying solo show, Sam Scorer Gallery, Lincoln

    1994 - Italy, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

    1989 - Interview with Alexis Rago, Galleria Fontanarosa, Empoli, Italy

     

    Residencies

    2010 - Idolatrous Me, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham

    2008 - Art from within Biology, Linnean Soc. of London Podcast, Binbrook School, Lincolnshire

     

    Public commissions

    2000 - 01.01.01. photographic commission, Lincolnshire County Council, Touring exhibition

    2000 - Design for Lincoln Bus Station Environmental Refurbishment, Lincoln City Council, Lincoln

    1996 - 'Greensite' public sculpture - Canute, West Lindsey District Council, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire

    1986 - Murals of 'contrade' for summer festival, Stadio Comunale, Montespertoli, Florence

    1983 - Portrait of Simon Bolivar, Venezuelan Embassy, London Projects

     

    Competitions, prizes and awards

    2008 - Arts Grant, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London

    2005 - Beneficiary Grant, Lincolnshire Creative Solutions Initiative, Lincolnshire

    2004 - Grant for the Arts, Arts Council England, East Midland

    1998 - Individual Artists Development Fund, Eastern Arts Board, East Midlands

    1983 - 1st Prize for Drawing, Institute for Art and Restoration, Florence, Italy

     

    Qualifications

    Diploma Fine Art, Institute for Art and Restoration, Florence, Italy

    BSc (Hons) Biology, Manchester University, UK