Eyeconomist meets London Sculptor Alex Glass
On the far side of Hackney Wick, in one of the last warehouses that has yet to be converted into luxury flats, through a rabbit warren of white washed hallways and a disconcerting amount of warnings to lock doors behind you, lest a developer slip in behind presumably, is Alex Glass’ studio. The 26 year old sculptor and graduate of the Royal Academy of the Arts has quietly been making a name for himself over the last couple years. Much of Glass’ work has focused on representations of masculinity and realism and how we’re given to interpret objects.
“I’ve gotten into thinking about that Tolkien way of world building, where a completely fantastical world is created that still has a logic to it. I did quite a lot of set building, trying to create a language which is its own, I just like that sort of relationship between presentation, representation of a space and that being half way between reality and utility. Sculpture’s the most realist form of art but its interesting to play with that, it can be a little bit of a materials joke but its cool to play with that uncanny thing ” the studio is dotted with hyper realistic objects, silicone towels draped over a chairs, a stack of plaster shirts and, perhaps most impressively, a pair of bronze Speedos.