Andy Holden is an artist who’s work includes sculpture, large installations, painting, pop music, performance, animation and multi-screen-videos. His first major exhibition was Art Now: Andy Holden (2010) at TATE Britain, in which he exhibited Pyramid Piece, an enormous knitted rock based on a chunk of pyramid that he stole from the Great Pyramid of Giza as a boy.
Holden recently observed: “I used to like the carrier bag theory as a description of an artist […] a receptacle that can hold anything. The bag came before the spear; it has always been necessary to go out and gather. I mentioned hermeneutics as a more specific explanation of recent projects to point to one thing that can regularly be found in the “bag.” The more recent works were attempting to look at the nature of interpretation itself, on the one hand the interpretation of certain texts, either cartoons through physics and logic, or nostalgia through the framework of my old manifesto calling for irony and sincerity simultaneously, or Scooby-Doo through Freud or love through love-songs or whatever, to bring the question of how the work is interpreted into the work itself. It is an endless, doomed attempt to not see things as we are, but as they are.”
Solo exhibitions of his work have included ‘Chewy Cosmos Thingly Time’ (2011) at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge and Maximum Irony! Maximum Sincerity at the Zabludowicz Collection (2013) and Spike Island Bristol (2014), and Cookham Erratics at the Benaki Museum in Athens (2012). He has also made a large number of temporary outdoor sculptures and staged numerous performances including Tate, ICA, Whitechapel Gallery and Performa New York.
From 2011-2017 Holden worked on Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape, a hour-long animated film which explored the idea that the world was now best understood as a cartoon, and therefor to understand how the world works we should examine the way physics and logic work in early animations. The film was first shown at Glasgow International and later toured to Ukraine, Canada, America, Germany, Malta, Dubai, Denmark and Tate Britain, and was included in the Future Generation Art Prize at the Venice Biennale in 2017.
Holden’s recent work Natural Selection, commissioned by Artangel, was made in collaboration with his father Peter Holden and used a detailed exploration of birds nests and eggs to explore questions of nature and nurture, and mankind’s changing relation to the natural word. The work toured to Leeds art Gallery, Towner Art Gallery, Bristol Museum and four venues in Scotland before being acquired by the Tate of the permanent collection.
Holden creates and releases music with his band The Grubby Mitts and in 2018 opened the gallery Ex-Baldessarre as part of his studio in Bedford, which serves as a platform for curating experimental projects and performances, specialising in exhibitions that would not find a home in more conventional gallery settings.
Born in 1982 in Blunham, Bedfordshire, England.
List of Events and Exhibitions (* denotes solo exhibition)
Natural Selection, Shetland Arts, Shetland*
Natural Selection, Bristol Museum*
Good Grief Charlie Brown, Somerset House, London
Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape, Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto*
Natural Selection/Laws of Motion, Front International, Cleveland, USA
Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape (live), Alserkal Avenue Project Space, Dubai
Natural Selection, CAST, Cornwall*
Natural Selection, Towner Gallery, Eastbourne*
Natural Selection, Leeds Art Gallery*
Animals and Us, Turner Contemporary, Margate
Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape (live), Groundwork, Cornwall
Rinnzekete bee bee nnz err müü, Kunstverein Weisbarden (Group show)
Opposite of Time, Henry Moore Studio, Mutch Hadam (performance)
Silly Symphony, Ex-Baldessarre Bedford (Curator)
Estate of Hermione, Ex-Baldessarre, Bedford (Curator)
Natural Selection, Artangel at Former Newington Library, London
Laws of Motion, Kunsthalle Viborg, Denmark (off site in Laws Court)
World as Cartoon, Tate Britain, Performance
Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Foundation, Ukraine
Future Generation Art Prize at Venice Biennale
As Speed Increase Objects can Ben in Several Places At Once, Lancaster Arts*
50 Years of Milton Keynes, M!MS Dream Sequence, Milton Keynes Gallery
The Practice of Theories, Wysing Arts Centre, group exhibition
Secret Surface, K-W Berlin, group exhibition
Playing by the Rules, Royal Standard, Liverpool, group show
Pitt Projects: Music vs Ceramics, at Pulse New York, new works editions and films
TEFAF Maastricht, NL, Installation with Hidde van Seggelen,
Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape, Wasps, Glasgow International*
Towards a Unifie Theory of M!MS, Kunsthall Winterthur*
It’s Only Bondage was the Circling Sky, SVA/Site Festival, Stroud*
20 Years, Zabludowicz Collection
Lecture on Nesting, Bristol Museum with Spike Island
Holden’s unique, virtual studio visit will last approximately 1 hour. The studio visit will consist of the following:
Teleconference into Andy Holden’s studio. Holden will discuss his work, such as upcoming, current and past exhibitions and projects, and some influences related to his artistic practice, conceptual framework and process. You might view some videos, readings, or do some remote desktop sharing related to his work or ongoing research. Take a look at his workspace and perhaps even some works in progress.
He will show you his adjoining gallery called Ex-Baldessarre where he curates exhibitions of works by artists that inspire him.
In response to Covid-19 and following government advice, all studio visits will be virtual until further notice and prices have been adjusted accordingly. After selecting your studio visit date and time and upon your Booking Request being accepted by the artist, you will receive an email with a unique link to Google Hangouts, Skype or Zoom where Andy Holden will be hosting his live virtual studio visit with you.
Cancellation policy – Any studio visit can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the studio visit starts.
Please note, Booking Requests may take up to 48 hours for confirmation by the artist. Your payment will not be taken until your Booking Request is confirmed. If you would like to make a Booking that will take place within 48 hours, you may do so however it is at the discretion of the artist to confirm in time.