ALEXANDRA ROSS

BIOGRAPHY

ALEXANDRA ROSS

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

Alexandra Ross is a visual artist based in Johannesburg (South Africa). Her first solo exhibition, Viewpoint (2007) received the Brait-Everard Read Art Award. The installation of large-scale photographs was both a critique of gallery/art power relations as well as an investigation of the relationships of space and time, illusion and reality. Though Ross works in a variety of other media - painting, drawing, drawing on plexiglass/Perspex, and printmaking - her conceptual and philosophical concerns remain consistent, and all her work relates in one way or another to photography. The window is also a recurring theme, appearing as both leitmotif and as metaphor. Broadly, her work explores the relationship between reality and illusion and reflects on the complexities of representation. It also seeks to evoke the ephemeral, elusive and transient nature of reality.

 

Since 2007 she has had a two-person exhibition, In Camera (2008), a second solo, In Search of Lost Time (2009), and completed her Masters degree in Fine Art at the University of the Witwatersrand (2008). Her work has been exhibited on a number of group shows and at the Joburg Art Fair for the last three years.

 

She has recently completed a residency at kunst:raum, Sylt Quelle (Germany) and is currently living and working in Berlin, preparing a new body of work for a third solo show in 2011.

 

CV

 

2010

Residency kunst:raum (Sylt, Germany)

View From The South (group) Everard Read (Johannesburg, SA)

Joburg Art Fair David Krut and Everard Read stands

 

2009

In Search Of Lost Time (solo) David Krut (Johannesburg, SA)

The Great South African Nude (group) Everard Read (Johannesburg, SA)

Supermarket (group) Muti Gallery (Cape Town, SA)

Joburg Art Fair David Krut and Everard Read stands

 

2008

In Camera (two-person) Resolution Gallery (Johannesburg, SA) MAFA University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, SA) Residency Nirox Foundation (SA) Joburg Art Fair Everard Read stand

 

2007

Viewpoint (solo) Everard Read (Johannesburg, SA) Brait-Everard Read Art Award 2007

 

2005

5 Women (group) Gesseau Gallery (Johannesburg, SA)

 

2004

Young Visions (group) Alliance Française Gallery (Johannesburg, SA)

 

2002

Returns to SA from London and begins painting

 

1991 - 2000

Works as freelance graphic designer in Johannesburg and London

 

1987 - 1990

BAFA University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, SA)

 

1972 - 1986

Educated and raised in South Africa 1968 Born in London (UK)