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Alexander Jowett’s Horizon Lines start with the simplest means possible: ink and a canvas, and one repetitive motion of drawing a line. Initially inspired by Immanuel Kant’s ‘Critique of Pure Reason’ and his writings on perception and understanding - and more specifically on the line itself - the Horizon Line series grew out of Jowett’s time spent traveling, sailing, and surfing the oceans of the world. ‘The seascapes and ocean horizons were an ever-changing constant in my life. I could sit and stare out to the horizon and my mind could be full or empty, concentrated or flighty, calm or excited... Ultimately, it didn’t seem to matter as the horizon always held one notion above all others for me... that of possibility.’

Kneeling on the ground, with healthy doses of Zen Buddhism and Epicurean ideas on happiness, Jowett draws each line exactly as the last one and slowly draws out the seascapes that are forever etched in his mind in a meditative manner. The subtlety and simplicity of the work are intended to allow the viewer to bring to the viewing experience their own past experiences and ultimately, themselves. In doing so, the works are both laments for a time spent at the ocean’s edge, and a reminder that in the depth of the horizon lays possibillity.

In keeping with Alex's Horizon Lines, his recent series Reflections delves into the dual nature of the notion of reflecting: from a personal to a physical experience. By paring down his palette to duo-chrome works, he explores the nature of a reflection in the sense of a sending, or casting back, of light. The work is a quiet, contemplative response to Friedrich Nietzsche’s idea ‘... if Thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into Thee’ whereby the abyss becomes the horizon and so staring into that void, where two planes meet and reflect, one finds an openness to contemplating their own self more freely.


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