Born in 1981 in Buenos Aires, Alek O. lived in Milan before moving to London where she currently lives and works.
The works she produces – often utilising ready-made objects and adopting traditional methods of art making such as painting, drawing and embroidery – are infused with a personal narrative that she transports to the context of the exhibition space and to the viewing public. Her work transforms objects she has found or been given, objects from her personal domain or those that belong to her friends or family. She changes their appearance and form in such a way that they appear to recall specific periods of art history, namely Minimalism and Arte Povera. With this process of transformation, she also chronicles the former history of that object, her friendship with others, the migration of her own family, or the memories she has of a particular person, all of which are imprinted by way of her work, placing questions of perception and representation both within the field of art and the world at large.
Housed in the upper level of MOSTYN, Gallery 6 is dedicated to presenting the work of young and emerging artists, all of whom are yet to have a solo exhibition in an institutional setting, either nationally or internationally. The Gallery 6 space and its associated programme, entitled ‘Uprisings’, provide the opportunity for an artist to work under professional conditions, and to present their work to a larger audience. For the audience too, Gallery 6 will provide a platform for discovery. It will bring toMOSTYN a diverse range of artists, at the very forefront of contemporary art practice, from both home and away.
The appearance of the gallery space itself, including its set-up and gallery signage, will be distinct from the other gallery spaces at MOSTYN, giving the look and feel of a space that has its own identity – a gallery within a gallery. Four ‘Uprisings’ will occur each year.