02/11/12 - 05/11/12.
As Water Returns To The Sea. Belalcázar, Cordoba, Spain
05/06/15 - 08/08/15
Fraction of a Second. UNM Art Museum - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
14/11/13 - 16/11/13.
Shade. Vyner St. Gallery, London
04/05/13 - 18/05/13.
Nomad Land. University of Brighton Gallery, Brighton
26/04/13 - 25/05/13.
CONTINUUM - Photographic works of Alex Catt and Sam A Harris. ATOI&CULL, Deptford, London, SE8 4NT
07/02/13 - 07/03/13.
No Culture Icons. Village Bookstore. B6B/6C The Corn Exchange, Leeds, LS1 7BR
22/01/13 - 26/01/13.
11.59. Margaret Street Gallery. 63 Margaret St. London, W1W 8SW
07/07/2012 - 18/08/2012.
Foto8 Summer Show. 1-5 Honduras Street, London, EC1Y 0TH
20/06/12 - 24/06/12.
Learning to Dance. Red Gallery, 3 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3DT
08/06/12 - 14/06/12.
Learning to Dance. University of Brighton Gallery, Brighton
24/03/2011 - 01/04/2011
Grammar, Nonsense & Imagination. University of Brighton Gallery, Brighton
2008 HE Prep Summer Show. The Arts University College Bournemouth, Bournemouth.
006 Grant for Photography - LA FRAGUA artist residency. Belalcázar, Cordoba, Spain. October 2012
A recent graduate of Brighton University, Alex Catt’s series As Water Returns to the Sea, is a conclusion of his time spent at La Fragua Artist Residency in Belalcazar, northern Spain late 2012. The solitary journey is integral to Catt’s work, the process of the journey and the isolation that a journey often presents is evident in this series. A deliberate aesthetic combination of colour and black & white photographs, “As water returns to the sea” stemmed from one specific journey. As Catt explains himself;
“I remember driving out of the Pyrenees into northern Spain sometime in September, I was completely taken aback by the lack of water in any of the rivers. Everything was so dry and desolate, the empty river beds stretching far into the distance. It seemed incomprehensible that in the Spring these big empty spaces would be roaring full of water from the melting mountain snow. I spent some time walking down these river beds and eventually found a big rock with a perfectly straight line naturally formed into it, it eventually lead me to think about things cyclically and the project ended up about the seemingly inevitable return to home.”
The project itself depicts these dry, barren landscapes that grasped Catt’s attention and inspired a mindset capable of producing such a controlled yet beautiful series. Reflective of this time spent alone, the images lack human presence. Instead surroundings flow, interrupted occasionally by momentary encounters, a dog stretches amongst the repeated inclusion of dead trees and rocks.
A constant concept in photography, the idea of photographing a journey is seen with fresh eyes. Catt avoids photographing the traditional road trip through his consideration of minor details and compositional strength to create a lyrical narrative that has our full interest, like it did his.
— Joanna Crawford
Alex Catt is one among a number of soon-to-graduate or recently graduated young photographers whose work continues to show not merely formal beauty but lucidity, pace, intelligence and finesse, and whom I look forward to following in the coming years. He appears to have a well defined sense of his own taste, both in compositional terms and as regards his choice of subject matter, and he is unafraid to take on larger themes in an oblique way – something that requires a measure of confidence not only in the quality of the image, but the intelligence of its eventual public. His strongest photographs are often characterised by a minor and carefully tended detail, a figurative echo that strengthens the mood, or very often by the sheer forcefulness of clarity in the photograph – clarity that does not lend itself to a sense of things being entirely self-evident. The foregoing pictures are in the majority selected from two projects of his, “Lost Along The Way” and “Car Park Portraits”, with the exception of the last black and white portrait which is, at least for the present moment, unattached. Hitherto his work has tended to separate portraits from landscapes, but it seems unlikely that that division will or should last much longer.
— Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa
It is always hard to lose a friend or family member, but generally the death of a parent is felt as a far greater loss than most. The grieving process is something that differs for each of us, for Alex Catt it took him on a solitary journey to the Alps where his project, There Is No Sun Without Shadow, came to fruition as a personal response to the death of his father. Catt states that his reasoning for making the journey to the Alps was “to find meaning, to be alone.”
His images are filled with a palpable sense of solitude. The stillness and muted tones of the landscapes heighten the feeling of isolation within the series, and the quiet nature of the portraits with sorrowful expression or a faceless self-portrait of Catt, reflects the emotional experience that he was facing. His journey ended unanswered with “only the chaos of life and the grandeur of nature” in his mind. There Is No Sun Without Shadow is a beautiful expression of sadness and the feelings we get with grief and like in most of his work, Catt links the initial subject back to and expresses it through the beauty of nature. The series finishes with a small collection of still-life images of a single plant in a rugged, canvas pot. This collection seems to reference his contemplation on cyclical life with the lonely plant seen standing tall in the initial picture and gradually wilting but then once again growing tall, almost coming back to life.
— Alia Smallwood Thomas
2012 First Class BA Hons Photography
University of Brighton.
2009 Distinction - Media Foundation year
Arts University College Bournemouth.
Loosely based in the New Forest, UK.
Hotshoe International - Text + "There is no sun without shadow"
Photoworks - Showcase, selected works
Hotshoe International - Text + "As water returns to the sea"
The Great Leap Sideways - Portfolio and Text
The Morning News - Interview on "Lost Along The Way"
No Culture Icons - Interview
The Meander Issue one - Interview
Native Publications - Feature
Mull It Over - Interview
Chorus and Echo - Interview on "Moonshine"
Ante Meridiem. Tide press 2015 - Featured
The British Journal of Photography - March 2013 Features an interview and work from "As water returns to the sea"
There is no sun without shadow. Features "There is no sun without shadow" series
Native Publications - Volume One. Featured
Pistol and Fur "P&F 01 50. Featured
Brighton University Fundraising Zine 2012. Featured
200 miles/Industry, Split zine with Sam A. Harris. Features "Industry" series
Escape to Which Mountain, Volume one. Featured
Seoul National University Student Awards 2012 - Photography