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Although painting is central to his practice, Alex Veness also makes work using a self-built scanner-camera.
His paintings, often based on his own scanner-camera imagery, revisit some of the major concerns of Modernism via the aesthetics and visual logic of what might now be termed Post-Postmodernism.
The work draws on the fragmentary, hyper-enhanced nature of contemporary experience, encouraged by the hysterical desires and absurd romanticism of marketing media and the effects of daily graphic user interface (GUI) and touch-screen interaction.
Venness is a founder member of Class Wargames, an international collective of artists, filmmakers and academics. The group enacts public performances and produces films and publications for national and international exhibitions and events.
Venness graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1994 with an MA in Painting, and from University of Westminster in 2002 with an MA in Hypermedia Studies.
His work has been exhibited in the United Kingdom and internationally, including Camden Arts Centre (London), Tate (Liverpool), The Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (Exeter), The Latvian National Museum of Art and The Hermitage (Saint Petersburg, Russia)