HIDDEN WORLDS – REVEALING THE UNSEEN
An exhibition by Alexander Levetan and Nikolai Hodell
“To see the world in a grain of sand,
And to see heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hands,
And eternity in an hour.”
The work of the two artists showcased at Hidden Worlds reveals the unseen and hitherto unnoticed beauty of the ordinary to the viewer. Exploring the unseen brings with it understanding and discovery of the inherent beauty of this world possibly shifting our perspectives and leaving us inspired with what we still stand to discover.
To quote Alexander Levetan, “I have always used my art to celebrate the seemingly quotidian and prosaic in which I find an inner beauty that only needs to be made visible in order for people to appreciate it. I am drawn to patterns, shapes, color and compositions that are inherent in what I photograph, but not immediately apparent as they are so infinitesimally small the eye cannot discern them. Using 1Mac as my creative tool, I have delved into the most minute of spaces, pried into the tiny, unseen crevices, unearthing the gems within and projecting them onto the grand scale through digital manipulation. It is this process of discovery and revelation that is the basis of my artistic and aesthetic inspiration.”
Nikolai Hodell, a Swiss doctor and artist who spent nearly two years in Tanzania working at a governmental hospital, also seeks to capture those magical moments of transformation whereby spectacular new words are conjured into being. On the beach and in the hospital’s backyards, he collected plastic beads and laboratory plastic waste which he then photographed and processed in order to liberate color and tone from pixilation. The resultant photographs achieved a startling crescendo of chromatic brilliance as if the whole palette operated on a different far higher frequency in landscapes inhabited by all manner of bird and fish-like creatures.
By bringing the art back from Switzerland to its source on African soil, Nikolai provides us with a salutary opportunity to reflect on how the industrialized nations of the West exploit Africa as a dumping ground for waste thus inflicting irreparable damage upon the continent.