Andy Holden
(b.1982, UK)
Andy Holden lives and works in Bedford, UK, where his studio is based on a remote farm in a converted pigsty. Recent exhibitions have included an hour-long animation exploring the idea that the world is a cartoon, and a multi-screen film installation revisiting an art movement that he had tried to start as a teenager. As well as making works for galleries Holden's practice has seen him explore other contexts; such as presenting lectures, making a work for television, releasing records and regularly performing in music venues. He runs the record label Lost Toys Records.
Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape is a two-channel animation and wall installation that departs from the artist's performative lecture, away from the laws of physics and logic adopted by cartoons and their relevance in the contemporary world. The artist probes the mechanics of cartoons from 1920s to 1950s as a form of premonition of today's world. He analyses the physical world and how it is affected by the mental sphere. The animation combines clips from cartoons of the Golden Era with quotes and found-footage from YouTube and scientific research platforms, fusing the language of conspiracy and critical theories, historical facts and speculation above the future. Divided into two screens, the work places the artist inside the cartoon, questioning his position in a world where anything seems to be possible.
Andy Holden (United Kingdom) Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape, 2011-2016. Digital animation and collage, 2-channel film, 60' 00''
Profiles of 21 Artists Shortlisted for the
Future Generation Art Prize 2017