Andy Holden | The Cookham Erratics | 21 January - 10 March 2012

21 Jan 2012 – 10 Mar 2012

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Exhibition open 12-6pm, Thursday— Saturday or by appointment

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Andy Holden | The Cookham Erratics | 21 January - 10 March 2012


Andy Holden's work incorporates monumental outdoor structures, plaster and bronze sculpture, film, painting, recorded music and musical performances. Often showing these diverse media together, his work builds a fragmented yet richly textured collision of ideas, references and forms. In his second solo exhibition at WORKS|PROJECTS, Holden presents The Cookham Erratics, a recent body of six knitted sculptures, enlarged replicas of small stones and pebbles collected from the churchyard at Cookham, England, the setting for the celebrated painting The Resurrection, Cookham, 1923-7 by British artist, Stanley Spencer. The sculptures, constructed from steel, foam and mixed kitted yarns resonate with Holden's iconic Pyramid Piece, presented at Tate Britain in 2009. First installed in the main building of the impressive Benaki Museum, Greece, in late 2011, the Cookham Erratics were a response to the museum's ancient sculptures and relics, presented as a personal archaeology investigating the links between private memories, monuments and the complexities in creating an object which represents an overall temporal experience. From each of the six sculptures a voice recounts a fragmented narrative Holden has composed, ranging across geological, autobiographical and art historical accounts, with references to Harman and Latour, two key thinkers associated with the emerging movement in contemporary philosophy, Speculative Realism. Concerned with the role objects play in philosophy, bringing into consideration inanimate objects or cartoon figures, this particular school of thought continues to inform Holden's broader practice.


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