James William Murray & Alexander Glass
28 July - 03 August

Niagara Falls Projects is pleased to present ideal-i, a two-person project with Alexander Glass & James William Murray. Departing from Lacan’s psychoanalytical concept of the ‘mirror stage’, ideal-i brings together two artist’s unique approaches to questions of desire, fragmentation, and projections of the idealised self-image. 

“He fell in love with a bodiless dream, a shadow mistaken for substance. He gazed at himself in amazement, limbs and expression as still as a statue of Parian marble.”

—Ovid, Metamorphoses

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by Geoff Hands 

Alexander Glass (b.1992) is a sculptor living and working in London. His work explores the tense relationship between the ideas of masculinity and desire through the re-presentation of iconic imagery that speaks of the potent male body. Recent shows include ‘Notes on Queerness’ - The Royal Standard - Liverpool & ‘A Body is A Building’ Bloc Projects Billboard Commission - Sheffield. Glass is a graduate of the Royal College of Art’s MA Fine Art Sculpture programme in 2017.

James William Murray (b. 1988) develops interrelated questions of desire, corporeality, and materiality through a range of formal and conceptual strategies. All works emphasise bodily presence, human touch, and figuration as points of departure. Murray received his MA in Photography from the University of Brighton in 2015 and has exhibited in the UK and internationally. His work is in the collection of the Hellenic Centre For Photography and private collections throughout Europe. In 2016 he co-founded the studio and project space Niagara Falls Projects in Brighton UK. In 2018 he was awarded the Sussex Open Commission by Towner Gallery UK and the patrons of Eastbourne Arts Circle. He is represented by Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art in Knokke-Heist, Belgium. Recent exhibitions include: ‘Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing’ (solo) Stephane Simoens Contemporary Fine Art, Knokke BELGIUM, ‘Desire Works’ (solo) Project 78, St Leonard’s by Sea UK, ‘Marks Make Meaning’ (group show), University of Brighton UK, NYC Art Book Fair (portfolio presentation with Daily Life Storage), MoMA PS1. New York, USA, Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum (Pireos Annexe), Athens GR