Approved: 23.11.2008

Alke Schmidt

Artist

Approved: 23.11.2008

My art practice is an ongoing exploration of the subversive potential of art's aesthetic dimension. Fusing the roles of the artist as maker and critical citizen, I aim to create seductively beautiful works that challenge environmental and social injustices. I wish to engage the viewer by stealth, often by subverting and disrupting ideas of decorative and aesthetic pleasure. Through the use of media

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Practice-based research, Workshops, Studio practice
  • Categories: Installation, Intervention, Mixed Media, Painting, Textiles
 
 

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    Biography

    My art practice is an ongoing exploration of the subversive potential of art's aesthetic dimension. Fusing the roles of the artist as maker and critical citizen, I aim to create seductively beautiful works that challenge environmental and social injustices. I wish to engage the viewer by stealth, often by subverting and disrupting ideas of decorative and aesthetic pleasure. Through the use of media and colour I seek to heighten the tensions created by the coexistence of subject matter and final image, combining traditional with modern media and incorporating found fabrics, images, and text.

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training

    2008 - The Body Politic: Social and Ecological Justice, Art and Activism, PLATFORM/Birkbeck University, London

    2002 - MA Fine Art, Sir John Cass Faculty, London Guildhall University , London

    Solo exhibitions

    2014/15 -  Alke Schmidt: Tangled Yarns, William Morris Gallery, LOndon

    2012 - Alke Schmidt - New Paintings, Penny Fielding Gallery, London

    2010 - Feeding the Monster, Signal Gallery, London

    2009 - Witness, Quaker Meeting House Walthamstow, London

    2005 - Interesting Times, Salon des Arts, London

    2004 - What's going on, Salon des Arts, London

    Selected group exhibitions

    2014 - Why War? Freud Museum, London

    2014 - Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, USA

    2014 - The Misbehaved Project, CMR, Redruth, Cornwall

    2013 - Word on the Street, Pictorem, London

    2013 - Summer Show, Penny Fielding Gallery, London 

    2012  - Five Years of Signaling, Signal Gallery, London

    2012 - Lady of the Forest, University of KwaZulu Natal , Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

    2012 - SPILL: Della Rees & Alke Schmidt, The Stone Space, London

    2011 - Dreams, Freud Museum, London

    2011 - Natural Histories, Eagle Gallery, London

    2011 - The Fishwick Papers, Smokehouse Gallery, Hackney Wick, London

    2010 - Art After Dark, ArtEgg Studios, New Orleans 2010 - Inspired by Morris, William Morris Gallery, London

    2009 - Artworks Open, Barbican Arts Group Trust , London

    2009 - Cut to the Chase!, Bargate Monument Gallery, Southampton

    2009 - Mixed Signals, Signal Gallery, London

    2009 - Signature - Works on Paper, artSpace , Berlin

    2008 - Mixed Blessings, Signal Gallery, London

    2008 - Urban Jungle, Exhibition & auction in aid of the charity Trees for Cities, City Hall, London

    2007 - Climate of Change, Reclaimed venue, Union Street, London

    2007 - T(emporary) A(utonomous) A(rt) London , Reclaimed venue, London

    2006 - Notes in the Margin, Vestry House Museum & William Morris Gallery, London