Secondary Emotions (i)

de Appel Arts Centre, LocusSolus, Amsterdam, 10 May – 12 June 2016

Secondary Emotions (i)
Secondary Emotions (i)
Secondary Emotions (i)
Secondary Emotions (i)
Secondary Emotions (i)
Secondary Emotions (i)
Secondary Emotions (i)
Secondary Emotions (i)

From the moment you climb up, the decision that you want to be studying with a real book in a grown-up sofa, you are indebted to knowledge and literature. While your feet do not even touch the ground, you consume, the often cruel, history of mankind, getting overwhelmed by the endlessness of it.

In a series of related sculptures Alex Farrar shows the invisible side of the artist’s creative process in the intimate surroundings of the studio. Alone and withdrawn the delayed decisions will very gradually establish new work. The artist is continuously deliberating and contemplating. Farrar portrays the subtle doubts and inner inhibitions that are inherently linked to the artist’s practice.

By means of residues of the work process Farrar subtly explores and visualizes the searching mind and soul of the artist. On display are imprints of lashes that the artist found on the floor of his studio. Halve bitten nails reformed in lead become allegories and milestones of the floundering artist.

Alex Farrar produces work in which the meaning of everyday objects depends on the viewer, the location and the duration of the presentation. The viewer connects with the exhibited work, which leads to uncertain situations, with an open ended result.

The halved sofas isolate you from, and connect you with your imaginary other-half on the other-half of the sofa that may be at Dürst Britt & Mayhew Gallery in The Hague, in Farrar’s studio in de Rijksakademie, Amsterdam, or a private presentation in a former monastery in La Guiche, France.


Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds
Stéphanie Dondelinger
Nell Donkers
Mertens Frames
Mondriaan Fonds
Arianne Kamsteeg
Stephan Kuderna
Claudia Martinez
Peter Paul Peterich Fonds
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten

Alex Farrar
Born 1986 in Leeds, United Kingdom
29.3.18 – 2.4.18 Unfair at Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam
22 - 26.2.18 Christie’s Fundraiser Auction for Unfair 2018 at Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
21 – 25.2.18 Arco Madrid with Dürst Britt & Mayhew
16.2.18 – 24.3.18 ‘Body Building’ group exhibition at Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague
7 – 21.12.17 ‘Places of Ruin Part III Beyond Thunderdome’ group exhibition at NEST, The Hague
John Cleese on Creativity featured in Fay Asselbergs’ The Extended Colophon
20.10.17 ‘Distant Constellations’ group exhibition at The Great Medical Disaster, Manchester
6 – 10.10.17 ‘Staging the inhabitable’ group exhibition at Cultureel Centrum het Fijnhout, Jacob van Lennepkade 334, Amsterdam
1.5.17 – 1.5.19 Kindly supported by the Mondriaan Fonds Stipendium for Established Artists
18 – 21.5.17 Arco Lisboa with Dürst Britt & Mayhew
6 – 9.2.17 Guest lecturing for the Autonomous Fine Arts department of the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague.
3.1.17 the ‘suits’ archived book will be distributed by Idea Books and is available now via their website and associated bookshops.
recent exhibitions
Dürst Britt & Mayhew
COLOPHON was built with the ingenuity and patience of DisplayHooray.
The typeface used throughout is Maria Pro, created by Phil Baber, whose 2010 design for the Index book reappears here in the work pages.
Credit also goes to Qubik for my original website (2010–2014), which lives on in the icon based home page.