November 9 – November 29, 2023 at TM Gallery
By appointment only
Alexandra Searle (born 1992) is a London-based sculptor. After studying Fine Art at Newcastle University graduating in 2015, she went on to complete an MFA in Fine Art Sculpture from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2019. Drawing on references to her own experiences with anxiety, Searle manipulates and exploits the behaviour of materials in order to physically depict moments of stress, tension and expectation. Her works expose familiar fragilities and aim to dig into the soft tissue of the materials she uses.
In this new body of work, Searle aims to illustrate this lack of control. Being oblivious to our visceral operations, whether routine or threat, leaves us guessing how best to function on the surface in order to appease the foreign and unpredictable vessel we exist within.
Overspilling from their frames or constraints in bulges of protest, many of the forms are dictated by pressure and gravity, rather than the artist’s autonomy during the creation process. Glass recalls its former liquidity, having folded under its own weight, and tubular forms erupt in tangles. There is overabundance within each piece, teetering on the edge of burst or collapse, or in other cases sagging, inert and spent, to the bottom of the frame. Pressures and anxieties are here physically represented in the strain or defeat of the materials themselves.
Gaining inspiration from the positive and negative spaces constantly interchanged within the mould making and casting process, Searle plays with juxtaposing outsides and insides, hollows and solids. Combining materials both fragile and unyielding, Searle aims to physically depict the weight, in every sense of the word, of the corporeal existence.
As art lighting specialists, we consider the TM Gallery a natural location to discover noteworthy art, so Montgomery’s work feels like a natural fit for the space and for our mission to celebrate art in its best light. We are delighted to be hosting a collection of previously unreleased works by the artist. TM Gallery is a collaborative not-for-profit space for collectors, and a curated platform for accomplished career artists, or those with a celebrated body of iconic works. We believe that when art is lit to its best, it has the power to transform an individual artwork or an entire collection. Our museum-quality art lighting helps us to achieve this, be it for an exhibition, an art fair, in our gallery, or your own home.
TM Lighting is the leading specialist in art lighting. TM Lighting believes that when art is lit to its best advantage it has the power to transform, helping the observer to fall in love with the object or subject. The business helps its clients to understand the impact that great lighting can have on an individual work or an entire collection. Using its own British designed and manufactured products, it provides tailored solutions to an international client base that includes globally acclaimed artists, private and public collections, museums and historic houses along with retail and hospitality brands. The company adheres to its unique Three Cs methodology to bring art to life: Colour Rendition (a benchmark of 95+ CRI); Colour Temperature (warmth of light to suit the environment); and Colour Consistency (using LEDs which deliver a full colour spectrum and provide consistent colour characteristics). TM Gallery is illuminated with industry-leading Gallery130 Spotlights and Gallery160 Floodlights.