ALEX HIGHET – UPPERCUT/PAPERCUT
EXHIBITION DECEMBER 2015
OPENING 1.12.2015 – 7PM
CLUB – BIEBRICHER STRASSE 14 – 12053 BERLIN
This series of works tells many different stories, generally landing at ‘queer feminist humour’. The individual images seem to want to find each other, and do in time, to make a complete work. The pieces begin as a pictorial investigation and as complementary and contrasting images begin to sit with each other, often political reflections and questions emerge. The final result can often be catalysed by a phrase, poem or lyric.
Collage is essentially using other people’s artwork. As well as encyclopedias and art catalogues, the current works are mostly taken from German Chroniks between 1950s-1990s, documenting mostly German language, as well as international, media. These already tell a very specific story in terms of how male and female people, these sources exclusively presenting cis-people, are presented in mainstream media. Putting certain images together can subvert these presentations, or make the patriarchal divide more blatant.
Sometimes, the images are just put together because they look pretty funny.
Alex Highet has been making collages as prizes for monthly open-mic Uke Boogie (now in Berlin, Edinburgh and Sligo) for seven years, and realised in 2015 it’s time to take it as very serious fun. He has been massaging human bodies professionally for the same amount of time. His musical project, We’re Only Made Of Snow, released a self-titled EP this year, and can be found doing solo and full band shows regularly in Berlin. Alex hasn’t won any awards, but regularly rewards himself gold stars for successes such as leaving the house or flirting with hot peoples.
Curation & Poster Design – Stef Morgner