The result of five years’ work, Andy Holden’s Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape, now showing at Lancaster Univerity‘s Peter Scott Gallery, presents a fully realised animated theory proposing the world is now best understood as a cartoon.
Part-lecture, part-documentary, part-conspiracy theory, the film examines the formation of ‘laws’ within cartoons as a way of making sense of the world we live in. The artist’s avatar invites the viewer to experience a world where laws such as ‘Everything falls faster than an anvil’ are given the same critical attention as philosophy, physics and politics.
Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape is an hour long exploration of the world after the end of history: an irrational space where anything can happen, yet certain things reoccur.
The film will be installed alongside a wider body of work connecting to this long-term project, including new films, prints and drawings.
Andy Holden works in a variety of mediums. Past exhibitions of his work include ‘Chewy Cosmos Thingly Time’ (2011) at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge and ‘Art Now: Andy Holden’ (2010) at TATE Britain exhibiting ‘Pyramid Piece’, an enormous knitted boulder based on piece of pyramid stolen from the great pyramid of Giza which he later returned.
Other works include an adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s ‘Brief Interviews with Hideous Men’ for stage, performed at the ICA, London (2012) and Arnolfini, Bristol, performance lectures with his father, ornithologist Peter Holden including ‘Lecture on Birdsong’ at TATE Britain, his lecture on cartoon physics titled, ‘Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape’ and the ‘Dan Cox Library for the Unfinished Concept of Thingly Time’ in memory of his friend Dan Cox.
Holden has also released several records with his band Grubby Mitts and co-runs the label Lost Toys Records. In 2010 he curated a festival of Artists’ Music at Wysing Arts Centre called Be Glad for the Song Has No End. He was a founding member of a small, Bedford-based art movement MI!MS Maximum Irony! Maximum Sincerity, which was the subject of his exhibition at London’s Zabludowicz Collection in 2013.
• Andy Holden: As Speed Increases Objects Can Be In Several Places At Once 26th January – 17th March 2017 Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University. Admission Free | Andy Holden’s web site is at http://andyholdenartist.com