Alaric Hammond

In line with the John Cage’s dictum that ‘Beauty is undearfoot whenever we take the trouble to look’, (Cage) and not in the relentless cycle of consumption, Alaric Hammond has always been attracted to the “gutter and the crummy parts of town”, finding beauty in derelict buildings and run-down amusement arcades and fairgrounds. The title of the show Caustic Windows which he exhibits at The Saatchi Gallery is a reference to the city, specifically London, where the artist has found an exciting friction between the gleaming windows of the financial centre and the rougher more vibrant outskirts. In disagreement with Oscar Wilde, Hammond says, "I always gazed into the gutters rather up than look up to the stars. I found the grit much more interesting."