In this selection of works made during the last ten years Alex Ramsay explores his concern with mapping and notions of narrative through a series of large scale abstract paintings, text based paintings, and a group of small sculptural works.
“Like stories or journeys that don’t get anywhere, these paintings construct an open-ended narrative space, where transitory connections are made through a mixture of accident and dubious intentions,” says Ramsay, “There are lots of reference points along the road. Some make sense; edge of town landscapes, night skies and star maps, motoring mishaps and nocturnal encounters. Others are more difficult to understand. Drawing is a way of making a journey. A chalk line meanders across a blank ground. The choice of materials is to do with ephemerality and transience. Chalk dust, ground charcoal and traces of plastic glitter are floated on, and adhere to the surface. An elaborated doodle that inscribes small flights of libido across an empty space, wandering off into the realm of imaginary and projection, but continually returning home to the reality of facture, surface and material process.”