Alex Chinneck

London / United Kingdom

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Alex Chinneck
Alex Chinneck
Alex Chinneck

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Alex Chinneck (1984, Bedford – UK), lives and work in Kent, UK. He is a graduate of Chelsea College of Art and a board member of the Royal Society of Sculptors. The work of British sculptor Alex Chinneck is monumental in ambition and impact. Uniting the disciplines of art, architecture, theatre and engineering, his practice pushes the boundaries of materials and their sculptural potential. Since realizing his first major public artwork at 28 years old, the artist has become known for producing surreal sculptures of an architectural scale that distort the world around us. In Alex Chinneck’s alternative universe, where the normal rules associated with materials no longer apply, brick bends, tarmac curls and stone hovers. The artist takes particular pleasure in introducing sculptural fluidity to typically inflexible forms. Completed artworks to date include sliding the brick facade from a three-storey property; constructing a full-size melting house from 7,500 wax bricks; creating the impression that a stone building on London’s Covent Garden Piazza was floating in mid-air; inverting a 37-metre electricity pylon to stand on its very tip; and unzipping the walls of a 1960’s office building. Beguilingly simple narratives belie the enormous complexity behind the execution of the artist’s work. Nevertheless, it always inspires awe and selected projects have been listed among the UK’s annual cultural highlights. Each has proven to attract crowds and stimulate conversation. Temporary projects, lasting less than one month, have received more than one million visitors and generated extensive, international media coverage. Whatever their scale or setting, Alex Chinneck’s artworks respond to their environment, transforming perceptions of place and making the world seem momentarily magical. Their disruptive nature challenges our understanding of familiar objects and materials, making the ordinary appear extraordinary. The genesis of the artist’s public projects stems from smaller scale studies and sculptures, to which he has recently returned. These indoor pieces possess the same playful and widely accessible qualities as their outdoor counterparts, while displaying exquisite craftsmanship. In re-imagining traditional, domestic items in a contemporary way, the work achieves a timeless quality – transcending its material nature and original purpose. Last year, a hand carved knotted Ash broom was selected from almost 10,000 entries as winner of the 2018 Liberty Open Call.