Alexander Wessely (b.1989) is a multidisciplinary Swedish ~ Greek visual artist who works across art, film and performance to build his expression where silhouettes and contrasts create a narrative and drama. Wessely’s work often makes reference to his Greek heritage and features his brutalist interpretations of the Archaic period and suggestive view of the human form. His unique width of artistic collaborations include composer Jacob Mühlrad (Carnegie Hall, Bamberg Hall), choreographer Alexander Ekman (Operá national de Paris, Staatsoper Berlin) to singers like The Weeknd. His works have been exhibited, performed or shown in over 20 countries, from the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, The Royal Noble Hall, Cf Hill, Fotografiska Museum of Photography to some of the worlds largest stages.
CORPUS - A study in sculpting thru photography. With “Corpus”Wessely has taken the photograph one step further. He has looked back at the classical Greek sculpture for inspiration. Bodies of humans and animals are photographed in a studio, then sculptured backwards in decay in digital postproduction making them appear as antique remains. The work is then printed in 1:1 scale on metal and mounted on classical marble and steel in order to create a new type of sculpture. Most apparent is this in Hippos (Horse) which weighs a solid 650 kg and measures 2.8 x 2m. Through this metamorphosis Wessely sets the tone of our postdigital world and makes us look at the process of a sculpture in new angles.
Chimi - A study in pillars at The Royal Dramatic Theatre, Dramaten, 2021. Said to be the bridge between heaven and earth. Wessely sees the Pillars to be portals to more than what lies between heaven and earth, the conscious and unconscious, these broken pillars represent the idea of the order of the universe and the symmetry of both frequencies generated by the music and the placement of the Pillars. The works are minimal and reductive, but also maximal. New Brutalism meets the ideas of Ancient Greece in a surreal execution. The pillars resonate with new work created by Jacob Mühlrad with a classical string quartet as the instrumentation. They are concise, clear statements in three-dimensional form, audibly and visually. It takes you to a transcendental state.
CFHILL, Time installation, 2019. Known for pushing the technical boundaries and working with contrasting materials Wessely have created a visual interpretation of composer Jacob Mühlrad’s musical piece ’Time’ using photography, sculpture and film to visualize infinity. Time (2018) deals with the subject of communication, by means of the story of the Tower of Babel, of which Jacob says that “it is a powerful metaphor, not least in our present time, when discussions transcending national borders are so vital.”The work begins with an adaptation of words from Psalm 19: