Diamond in the Night
I remember a couple of years ago a mysterious Alex Diamond seemed to pop up out of nowhere and made himself a well respected name in what seemed record time. It might be his sheer talent to mix media and reinvent his fictive personae time and time again. It might also be his grand talent to market his appealing art…I think it is a lot of both.
Not too long ago Diamond set up The Alex Diamond Mining Company“ (ADMC) and developed it into the backbone behind the conceptual art project that Alex Diamond is since its inception in 2004. Recently the ADMC has developed a more ‘factory-oriented’ approach.
The ADMC moved it‘s headquarter and studio to Hamburg. Supported by heliumcowboy in management as well as with studio facilities, the ADMC works independently with other galleries, curators and organizations as well. The first large scale venture by The Alex Diamond Mining Company is Into the Light, an iterating, snowballing exhibition-tour or ‘Road Trip’.
Starting in Nice/Nice exhibition space, Hanover, on January 29 2011, the tour presents a journey into the night, visually based upon the strong contrasts in the wood cuts that were only recently added to the list of styles and techniques applied by Alex Diamond over the years.
On Diamond’s website we can read that “The exhibited artwork shows a strong influence of Japanese wood cuts from the 18th and 19th century, like (Katsushika) Hokusai and (Ando) Hiroshige. Both being big travelers themselves, they wandered across the land many times to learn, experience and later teach. Through their art, they documented Japan, it‘s culture and way of living at a time when their country was pretty much cut off from the rest of the world.
“In the wood cuts (or carvings), Alex Diamond transfers several aspects of the famous popular Japanese art of those times into a modern, urban context: repetition of the same themes and subjects; simplification of perspective, nature and architecture; use of patterns and reduced color schemes – which we find a lot in young contemporary art and very strongly in the urban direction.”
Theoretically, Into The Night explores various aspects of ‘the night’ in the continuously advancing installations on site and the newly created artworks, and while the tour advances, getting ‘deeper into the night’.
Diamond also explores ‘the journey’ in the context of the nomadic lives of urban artists, who are traveling all over the globe in order to tag the world and at the same time develop not only their skills and network, but also their brand.
“Things to explore. Find out. Experience. The exhibition tour „Into The Night“ is far from being completed before it even begins. It is not cooked up in the studio and then served in the same dish in a different town every time. It is supposed to grow, develop and react while it is going.”
The exhibition will be at the Nice/Nice gallery in Hanover until March 12 and will then travel on.
You can find more pictures of the show on No New Enemies.