ANDY HOLDEN - Chewy Cosmos Thingly Time

ANDY HOLDEN - Chewy Cosmos Thingly Time, 14 May - 10 July 2011

This exhibition is introspective and encyclopaedic in its nature - it brings together Holden's sculpture, music, films, paintings, posters and performances for the first time to explore some recurring themes in his work, such as memory, duration, and our attachment to objects.

Andy Holden works with plaster, bronze, ceramics, found objects and images, household paint and printmaking, sound and performance; he has created monumental outdoor sculptures, affordable multiples and complex, poetic events. He makes the plinths and cases that display his work, and the posters that promote and document his performances. He composes music and has his own band, 'The Grubby Mitts'. Each activity informs other aspects of his work in a cumulative way. His work is complex, experimental, and attentive to a wide web of cultural references.

This is the first major exhibition of Andy Holden's work in the UK. Holden is a young British artist who first came to public attention with his 'Pyramid Piece' in Art Now at Tate Britain in 2010.

A new publication, structured around a conversation with Dan Cox and including contributions by Juan Cruz, Lizzie Fisher, Darian Leader, Joe Saunders, Aimée Selby, Jon K. Shaw and Tyler Woolcott, will accompany this exhibition.

Exhibition supported by
The Henry Moore Foundation and The Elephant Trust.


Exhibition events


Lecture on Birdsong - Andy Holden and Peter Holden:
featuring live music from Buzzard Lope

Saturday, 18 June, 6-8pm. Talk starts at 7pm.

Andy Holden and his father, ornithologist Peter Holden, describe walks taken from their house and the birds they hear on the way. The performance incorporates anecdotes about both the science of bird song and its impact on culture and features live music from Buzzard Lope. Pay bar. Exhibition will be open late.

cost: Free but space is limited; please call to book a place


Six Short Works in Time, a performance by Andy Holden

Saturday, 9 July, 6-8pm. Talk starts at 7pm.

The culmination of series of pieces investigating the relationship between sculptural objects and duration, Six Short Works in Time incorporates projected film, a live camera feed, spoken word, and a string quartet performing music by Johnny Parry and The Grubby Mitts. It will feature the premier of the Quartet for Thingly Time, composed especially for the exhibition in collaboration with Roger Illingworth, a recording of which can be found playing in the courtyard throughout the exhibition.

The performance will be preceded by the launch of the first issue of the journal Teufelink: The Impossibility of Crows, edited by Richard Hore, which will include notes on the evenings performance and texts expanding on the theme of Thingly Time.

cost: Free but space is limited; please call to book a place




Lunchtime talks


Exhibition talk

Thursday, 26 May, 1.10-2pm
Andy Holden discusses his work

Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances the talk "Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape: Andy Holden and Tyler Woolcott" will now take place on July 7th.

Exhibition: Chewy Cosmos Thingly Time

Thursday, 9 June, 1.10-2pm
Tour of the Andy Holden exhibition with Curator of Exhibitions Lizzie Fisher

Tour of Kettle's Yard house with Andy Holden

Thursday, 23 June, 1.10-2pm
A personal tour of the house at Kettle's Yard by Andy Holden, whose exhibition can be found in the gallery.

Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape: Andy Holden and Tyler Woolcott

Thursday, 7 July, 1.10-2pm
In a collaborative presentation devised as a way of interpreting the exhibition Andy Holden and Tyler Woolcott show clips from cartoons such as Woody Woodpecker, Tom and Jerry, and Roadrunner and discuss the laws of motion that help us make sense of what we are seeing.