James Alec Hardy


James Alec Hardy (b. 1979, Colchester), a British artist graduated from the Camberwell College of Arts, London in 2002. He has been pushing recognition for the medium of video art since 2002, creating sculptures and installations embracing the positive aspects and creative potential of abstract moving images. Hardy’s artistic practice is based on a critique of technology consumption with particular reference to screen-based culture. His motivation is to reclaim our relationship with screens and to free our minds from negative effects and addiction. The unique studio he has built for his work is a major collection of obsolete analogue television equipment, salvaged from decommissioned television studios, which he uses to create his distinctive abstract content. Hardy’s residencies include OVADA Oxford (2016) and i-Cabin (2009). He has performed and created installations since 2002 including, No Soul for Sale, Tate Britain (2010) Subvision, Hamburg, Germany (2009) Electricity Bill, Tate Britain (2007).


Solo exhibitions include Yggdrasil, Kristin Hjellegjerde, Melior Place, London (2019); Xoniuqequinox, Cannon Place, London (2018); Some Things Are Clearer in the Dark, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2017); Totems of the Eclipse Maximum, Kristin Hjellegjerde, Art Moorhouse, London (2017); Sit Back and Relapse 1601, Vanity Projects, New York (2016); 1606x3x2, Brussels-Midi Station, Installation, Belgium (2016); Modular 1304, Art Moorhouse, London (2013); Trapped in the Machine, The Hospital Club, London (2013); Decadia Broadcast System, Home Front, London (2012).


Group exhibitions include Mdina Biennale, Mdina, Malta (2020); Stads Triennale, Genk, Belgium (2020); Karachi Biennale, Pakistan (2019); Sweet Harmony : Rave Today, Saatchi Gallery (2019); Whitechapel Gallery Presents 04, Whitechapel, London (2019); Art Brussels wt Kristin Hjellegjerde, Brussels, Belgium (2019); Harder Edge, Saatchi Gallery, London (2019); Yggdrasil, Kristin Hjellegjerde, London (2019); Harder Edge, Hospital Club, London ( 2019); Aphrodite lowered her mirror, Kristin Hjellegjerde, Berlin, Germany (2018); Plymouth Contemporary Art 2017, Karst Contemporary, Plymouth, UK (2017); Kaleidoscope, FOLD Gallery, London (2016); Mdina Biennale, Mdina, Malta (2015).