Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape

Date 24.02.14

Time 6.00 - 7.00pm

Location University of Bristol


Contemporary artist Andy Holden uses the laws of physics as they appear in cartoons to help us devise a possible way of understanding the landscape “after the end of art history… a landscape where it seems like anything might be possible, but not everything is, there are rules that begin to emerge as we make observations.” This performance lecture formed the basis of his exhibition with the same name that Holden went on to develop as part of his Stanley Picker Fellowship in 2012/2013


Holden has recently been appointed to work at the University of Bristol’s Stoke Bishop residential site, for which he will propose a new permanent artwork as part of the University’s public art strategy. Holden, recently described as a ‘Rising Star of 2014’ by The Observer, works in a variety of media and multiple forms of presentation, from plaster, bronze and ceramic objects to music, performance and large outdoor sculpture. In May 2014, his exhibition, MI!MS (Maximum Irony! Maximum Security), will tour to Spike Island and his artwork for the University is expected to be unveiled in September 2014.


Lecture Theatre Three (LT3)
 University of Bristol, 17 Woodland Road, 
(main entrance, 3-5 Woodland Road), Bristol BS8 1TB


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Andy Holden

Andy Holden is a British artist born in 1982 whose practice incorporates a wide variety of media and forms of presentation, from plaster, bronze and ceramic objects, to music, performance and large outdoor sculpture. Recent exhibitions include Pyramid Piece and Return of the Pyramid Piece for Art Now at Tate Britain, and Chewy Cosmos Thingly Time at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge.  He curated Be Glad for the Song Has No End, a festival of artists’ music at Wysing Arts Centre in 2010.

Holden developed the exhibition, Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape, as part of his Stanley Picker Fellowship. It is an elaboration in space of the ideas presented in his lecture of the same name. He has also continues to develop MI!MS (Maximum Irony! Maximum Sincerity), an art movement he founded with his friends prior to his training as an artist in 2003. It has evolved into a major exhibition launched at the Zabludowicz Collection, London last year and touring the country later this year.

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Steven Claydon’s work brings together objects recalling historical artefacts, cultural ephemera and geological samples, skillfully mixing different cultures and periods of history. Merging reality with fiction, and appearing at once meaningful and useless, Claydon’s works oscillate between an idea of truth and fantasy, seeming to offer a fragmented image of a future civilisation’s past. He will talk about his practice and new commission in Bristol.