Sunday, 31 March 2013

Alex Rose - The Porcelain Skull - Irish Artist



We all are fond of creating myths of men, legends of those we like. Why we do is beyond me. Alex Rose is an ordinary man with an extraordinary talent. Because of his shyness and what some suggest as being anti-social, there are those who are crafting a romantic image of an Irish Howard Hughes. In reality, he is someone who likes his privacy and why not?

When I first saw the Porcelain Skull blog site that Alex had created to show his art, I was struck by several conflicting emotions that gave voice to many questions.. Why the fascination with young male youths? Homoerotica? Perhaps. Why the books with photo's glued to their pages as if they formed a narrative? Why the flames? Why the burning? Why the ash?

The term 'outsider art' has become hackneyed. The true, original meaning is now obscured by overuse and lost to those makers of myths. When I invited Alex to join the discharge team it was because his art unnerved as much as it did excite me but still it left me asking an unanswered question, it left me feeling hollow, slightly haunted.

Was there the hint of paedophilia? I didn’t think so. The love of youth, of young men, of yearning, of lust, of desire? Again, perhaps but why the burning of the images?

Second guessing an artist's motivation for creating what he or she does is a game we all play. We seldom get the bone hard truth though and that is maybe how it should be for by asking the viewer to interpret what has been created a new set of potentialities spring to mind. The fact we are so often far from the truth is immaterial.

I believe Alex’s work reveals a childhood trauma. Something in his formative years which bruised or hurt him so badly that his own search to re-discover lost youth manifests itself in his work, in his art for after all doesn’t youth, doesn’t life itself, don’t all things that are born turn to ash, to dust before passing away?

Many of those images are now lost. Alex doesn't seem to keep things for long before setting fire to them. He has exhibited in NYC on at least two occassions. Alex Rose was born in Limerick, Ireland in 1970 and currently lives and works in Cork, Ireland. He really should have a larger audience.























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