While stone monuments have traditionally signified an inviolable and solemn truth rendered in an eternal medium, Alex Seton seeks to turn these conceptions on their head with a new suite of works which monumentalise the everyday and twist reality. Taking as its starting point Warhol’s declaration that all monuments glorify their maker, the exhibition MONUMENT deconstructs notions of monumentality, vanitas and memento mori via personal explorations of transience and the finite.
Continuing themes that Seton has begun to explore in recent years, MONUMENT brings temporal and existential truths into question without taking itself too seriously – combining references to popular culture and personal experience with a deep knowledge of his craft and its history.
Seton has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Solo exhibitions include The Island, Newcastle Art Gallery (2017); As of Today, Australian War Memorial, Canberra (2014-15); Last Resort, touring McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery, Langwarrin; Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Rockhampton Art Gallery, Rockhampton (2014-15); Refoulement, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney (2014) and Roughing Out, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Sydney (2013). Recent group exhibitions include Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India (2016); Countour 556, Canberra Public Art Festival (2016); Sealed Section, Artbank, Sydney (2014-15); Gifted Artists: Donations by Patrick Corrigan AM, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2014); Conflict: Contemporary Responses to War, University of Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane (2014); and Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Dark Heart, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2014).