Vermilion Sands

Series - Vermillion Sands

In Alexander's Vermillion Sands, he bridges the divide between today's materialistic world and an enduring spirituality. His scenes are pared down, spotlighting faceless figures crafted to perfection: flawlessly sculpted, impeccably attired, and gracefully positioned. These figures, mirroring an exaggerated reality, seem superficial, suggesting depth without truly embodying it.

Behind these primary figures lie hand-sketched designs and intentional voids. These sketches, though subtle, contrast sharply, hinting at something deeper. They edge towards meaning but never fully reveal it.

In the realm of Love Between The Atoms, perfection is not only achievable but also excessive. This world interweaves allure with oddity. Yet, one wonders, beyond their impeccable exterior, do these figures signify anything deeper? Their isolated positioning hints at a sense of powerlessness. Maybe genuine significance and its inherent potential lie in the incomplete and ambiguous? Could it be that real essence is concealed in the overlooked details, waiting to be unearthed?

Exhibited:

Mark Alexander: Love Between The Atoms

23 April – 12 Juni 2021

SAUVAGE Bastionstraße 5 40213 Düsseldorf

About the Series

Vermilion Sands is a collection of science fiction short stories by British author J.G. Ballard, first published in 1971. The stories are interlinked by a common setting, a futuristic, surreal resort town named Vermilion Sands that lies in a desert environment. The town is characterized by its innovative, bizarre, and often psychedelic technology, architecture, and culture. It's a place populated by eccentric artists, reclusive celebrities, and other unusual characters.

Common Themes and Elements in Vermilion Sands

Innovative Technologies: Vermilion Sands features imaginative technologies that often intertwine with art and nature. Each story introduces unique technological concepts, such as singing flowers, poetry-writing computers, and living, mood-responsive buildings.

Art and Creativity: Art and artistic expression are central to the world of Vermilion Sands. Many stories revolve around unconventional and speculative forms of art. Artists and their creations are at the core of the narrative.

Nature and Environment: The natural environment of Vermilion Sands, its desert setting, and the exotic, often bizarre flora and fauna play a significant role in the atmosphere and events of the stories.

Psychological and Emotional Exploration: Ballard explores human psychology, emotions, and interpersonal relationships, often delving into themes of isolation, obsession, and the psychological impact of technology and environment on individuals.

Notable Stories in the Collection:

The Cloud-Sculptors of Coral D: Follows the story of cloud sculptors who mold and shape clouds into mesmerizing, temporary artworks.

The Singing Statues: Focuses on statues that produce music, exploring the intersection of visual and auditory art in a future setting.

Prima Belladonna: Centres on a protagonist involved with a shop that sells singing plants in the exotic and surreal landscape of Vermilion Sands.

Each story in Vermilion Sands is a self-contained narrative, but together they paint a vivid picture of a luxurious, avant-garde, and often eerie world where the lines between nature, technology, and art blur. Ballard’s evocative prose and imaginative storytelling make Vermilion Sands a notable work in speculative and science fiction literature.

Goldfinch

  • Oil on canvas
  • 92 x 73 cm
  • 2018
A goldfinch on a pencil drawn tree or plant.

Acts of Love for an Uncertain Future

  • Oil on canvas
  • 92 x 73 cm
  • 2019
Mark Alexander's oil painting depicts a mannequin pointing to a goldfish on a terracotta-hued canvas.

The Pioneer

  • Oil on canvas
  • 42 x 35 cm
  • 2018
Mark Alexander's oil painting showcases a monochromatic face with a contrasting textured lace collar.

Sunrise

  • Oil on canvas
  • 127 x 90 cm
  • 2019
Mark Alexander's oil painting depicts a figure in a reflective suit and helmet against a tan backdrop.

The Farm

  • Oil on canvas
  • 110 x 100 cm
Minimalistic paintings of a group of animals on plain beige background featuring elephants, cows and goats amongst others.

When did it all begin?

  • Oil on canvas
  • 2020
Two shop dummies with one touching the other intimately on the back sitting against a minimalistic beige background.

The Museum Of Pacification, Classification and Subjugation x 90 cm

  • Oil on canvas
  • 130 x 90 cm
  • 2018
Painted image of wooden religious figure in deep anguish on minimalistic background.

This Land is Your Land? This Land is My Land!

  • Oil on canvas
  • 92 x 73 cm
  • 2019
Gold showroom dummy in yellow, sheer underwear.

Mirror

  • Oil on canvas
  • 127 x 90 cm
  • 2019
Bald, well-dressed figure seemingly admiring himself in mirror.

This Land is Your land ? This Land Is My Land ! 11

  • Oil on canvas
  • 92 x 73 cm
  • 2019
Mannequin in black bathing suit with a minimalistic beige background.

The Annunciation

  • Oil on canvas
  • 130 x 90 cm
  • 2019
Sleek mannequin in a black dress seated with white ankle boots against a beige backdrop featuring a simple drawn figure.

A Brief History Of Desire

  • oil on canvas
  • 130 x 90 cm
  • 2018
Black showroom dummy torso hung on stand.

Trans Time

  • Oil on canvas
  • 73 x 92 cm
  • 2017
Bronzed torso in column with sun rising behind.

Vermilion Sands The Tourist

Mark Alexander's oil painting showcases a bronze bust of a man against a tan background, with a sun above.

Vermilion Sands The Tourist 2

Minimalist reddish-beige art with photorealistic wooden man's face on a tripod