Between The Sun and Moon
Leyden Gallery is delighted to present
Unique photograms by Alexander Hamilton
It is something unique.
It is a photogram.
It doesn’t represent anything.
It doesn’t abstract anything from anything.
It is just what it is.
It is reality itself.
-Stefan Themerson - The Urge to Create Visions Warsaw 1936/1937
(Themerson found many origins for the photogram: in Bushman legends, Eskimo poems, in Indian languages that used the same word for shadow, soul, echo and picture)
The exhibition - Between the Sun and Moon represent a body of work that the artist Alexander Hamilton has created over 25 years. His cyanotypes were first shown at the Photographers Gallery in London in 1993. Since then he has exhibited widely with International exhibitions in Europe and USA and with work held in private and public collections.
His moon pictures were developed in 2009 during a Leverhulme Fellowship at Brantwood, the home of John Ruskin. The task he set himself was to go deeper into Ruskin’s plant explorations, from his attempts at creating a Moorland Garden to the ideas expressed in his book Proserpina. The artist maintains a practice of creating art for exhibitions and art for public healthcare projects.
In his words -
Why is the photogram method important to me? We live in an age where everything is filtered and processed. Every image can be altered and manipulated. I am drawn to finding ways and working methods that allows nature to reveal itself. I am seeking pure connectivity with my living environment. I also want to make unique images of what I see and feel. That is why I use a photogram process, which allows me to achieve an undistorted link with the natural world. The images that are created are unique, only one can be made from each plant. The techniques, involve either placing a plant directly onto prepared watercolour paper and then allowing the sun to draw out the image (cyanotype) or infusing the plant sap into paper and allowing the power of the Moon to create the image (sap picture). It is only these methods, after experimenting with so many other techniques that offers me the emotional rapport I am seeking with nature, allowing the flora to speak for themselves.
-Alexander Hamilton August 2013