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Alexander Bates is inspired by the human desire to create order out of disorder. His practice can be seen as both a reflection of this need and also through the use of scale, materials and context in individual pieces, a way of undermining and rebelling against this compulsion. In recent investigations, Alexander has simplified his methods, combining the repetitive and accumulative approach used in old artworks with more direct and quicker pieces. This is an attempt to not only enrich and vary his artistic output but also forms a personal enquiry into what defines something as a “work” of art and questions whether an object’s worth is reflective of its duration. In addition to his studio practice, Alexander is also co-founder, editor and contributor for quarterly Art zine "Impulsive Random Platform".

Corona features close-up footage of the tip of a burning cigarette, set against a black background. The work materially compares an everyday act/object with a natural phenomenon, as suggested by the work’s title (“Corona” or “Crown” describes the ring of light around the sun that is often seen during a solar eclipse).

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