Working principally with photography as a solo artist, most of Andys practice takes the form of extended “inquiries”. He makes work in response to those questions that he can neither answer or articulate. His inquiries typically culminate in whatever specific form the work/inquiry itself suggests. He may make more than one piece or body of work in response to the same preoccupation, so that each body of work is for him a bit like a single breadcrumb in a trail of crumbs, for a man lost in a forest: retrospectively its relationship to the other crumbs starts to lend it greater meaning. Equally though each “crumb” (like this statement itself) is only ever an indication of where he has been at any given, unique moment.
Andy’s practice draws on a range of influences and traditions. For example, he is interested in that strand of thought and practice, which sees the possibility of “profane illumination” vested in everyday, “vulgar” objects and activities. He is intrigued by the most apparently prosaic of subjects: furniture, domestic interiors and architectural details; crudely-made structures and artefacts. Andy’s work makes play with light and three dimensional space and is often inspired or inflected by the spaces in which he works. He also works with facets of the urban landscape as subjects, drawing on personal and social histories to explore my preoccupations through their material legacy.
His work is personally motivated but he also subscribes to a belief that it holds the potential for some kind of agency in the world, which means he has an interest in contexts for his work beyond the institutional, curatorial space.
After graduating with a social science degree, in the early nineties, Andy gravitated toward photography and art-making. Formative in this era were contacts with organisations such as Hull Time-based Arts and other artists including Paul Burwell. Public commissions and an MA in Photographic Studies at Westminster University (2000-3) led to further success in terms of exhibitions, residencies and publications. More recently his practice has been significantly influenced by amongst other things time in the artist residency programme at V.S.W. in Rochester, NY, and by the experience of teaching in the art and design faculties of UK Universities.
My photography has appeared in a range of group and solo shows, the most recent including:
Nov 2010 – May 2011
Something That I’ll Never Really See, Contemporary Photography from the V&A, at Bhau Daji Lad Museum (Mumbai), National Gallery Of Modern Art (Bangalore), National Gallery of Modern Art, Jaipur House, India Gate (Delhi), Salar Jung Museum (Hyderabad)
July – Sept 2009
a solo show, Lost Horizons, at Pavilion Gallery, Leeds, UK
Jan – April 2009: a solo show at George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, USA, curated by Alison Nordstrom
work included in the hang at The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK, as part of the public exhibition of work from the museum’s collection
Mar – April 2008 a solo show, Lost Horizons, at Wallner Gallery, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
participation in the Lianzhou International Festival of Photography, Guangdong, China
April – June 2006
a solo exhibition, at University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.
1 Quoted in Paul Ray, The Surrealist Movement in England. p. 178, talking of the sort of imagery made possible by Mass Observation.