Galerie Eva Presenhuber is delighted to present it’s 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 artist’s, that included Francesco Clemente, Julian Schnabel, Tony Cragg and Sandro Chia and others which, by distancing itself from the aestheticism and rigors characteristic of conceptualism and minimalism in favour of a more sensual, narrative and less restrained artistic expression, contributed to a generational shift in art of the 1980’s.
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 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.