“Beyond the Pylon of the Pit is the first body of work I’ve made in the last year or so that hasn’t had some direct involvement with another artist, apart from the odd piece in various group shows. I am highly critical of my own work and often have wobbles about its purpose and relevance in general. From the start of 2016, I found the work that I was making was disappointing… I found that I was making work that was repetitive and worse still, lost and empty.”
“Grant published his trilogy over a period of 30 years, consisting of nonfictional accounts of his experience with magic and the occult. Nightside of Eden is written in his ‘Draconian tradition’ that Strong reflects within his work. Grant talks about there being a ‘nightside’ to the tree of life, functioning as a ‘mirror image’ of its ‘dayside’. This other side contains ancient forms of knowledge, power and dark forces that are entering our world, threatening it with disruption. Strong draws this out, mediating on the spiritual and mystical possibility of this being the cause of our unbalanced world; the works are mirrors through which you can experience this story of unhinged paranoia.”
Will Clarke on Alfie Strøng for Corridor8, Beyond the Pylon of the Pit runs until 2 April. Read more here.
Alfie Strong ‘Beyond the Pylon of the Pit’ featured in Wall Street International. Read more here.