Installation view, Andrew Lord, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Löwenbräu Areal, Zurich, 2006
Galerie Eva Presenhuber is delighted to present its first solo exhibition by British artist Andrew Lord. On view will be his latest plaster wall works, ceramic sculptures, and drawings on paper.
Andrew Lord's oeuvre has been large and steady over a period of 25 years. Lord formed part of a generation of artists that included Francesco Clemente, Julian Schnabel, Tony Cragg, and Sandro Chia, which, by distancing itself from the aestheticism and rigors characteristic of conceptualism and minimalism in favor of a more sensual narrative and less restrained artistic expression, contributed to a generational shift in the art of the 1980s.
At Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Andrew Lord presents his new plaster of Paris and clay series. The wall pieces are inspired by recollections of art, language, and the human body. Together the works form a personal atlas of memory and physicality. One work depicts an Atlas of the World, another includes a ‘double profile’ vase which incorporates the profile of the 20 c English artist, L S Lowry. There is also an image of a boy reading and a standing woman, references to Gauguin. The work ‘art/rapt’ quotes Willem de Kooning and his habit of writing a random word on his canvas, such as ‘art’ or ‘rapt,’ before starting a painting. For Andrew Lord, this play on words has evolved into a de Kooning ‘poem.’
Other plaster works depict a tongue or neck and share with several of the ceramics sculptures the depiction of the human body – the shoulder, neck, and knee – and allude to Walt Whitman’s poem, ‘I sing the body electric.’
Andrew Lord’s drawings contribute to and round off the artistic journey through the exhibition. By indicating the emotional state of the artist, the works are a complex equation between atavistic form and current mood. Lord’s works are personal and autobiographical and reflect his experiences, travels, and cultural encounters and, in their sensitive presentation, enter a lively and intimate dialogue.