Andy Holden

Andy Holden’s new work, Prelude, is a short pilot for a Kids TV series, in which the artist is trapped in the Cartoon Landscape. The first episode is an adaptation of Wordsworth Prelude, but the Lake district is now a barren desert after an environmental disaster, and is made from background scenery from Roadrunner cartoons, populated only by discarded traps set by Wile E and billboards with headlines from Buzzfeed. For the premier of the work at Open Source the dialogue will be narrated live and augmented by live Foley sounds performed by the Grubby Mitts.

This will be shown alongside a rarely seen film, Chewy Cosmos, a stop-motion film from 2012 which will be screened with a live soundtrack.

Andy Holden (b.1982, Bedford, UK) lives and works in Bedford, UK.

Recent solo exhibitions include Towards a Unified Theory of MI!MS, Zabludowicz Collection, London (2013) Spike Island, Bristol, (2014), and Kunsthalle Winterthur, (2015), Its Only Bondage Was The Circling Sky, SVA Gallery (2015), Folly and Landscape, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (2013), Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape at Stanley Picker Gallery Kingston (2012), Chewy Cosmos Thingly Time at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK (2011), Cookham Erratics, Benaki Museum, Athens (2011), Art Now: Andy Holden, Tate Britain, UK (2010).

Group exhibitions include Art Now Live, Tate Britain (2011), Remote Control, Arnolfini, Bristol and The Universal Addressability of Dumb Things (Curated by Mark Leckey), Hayward Touring, 2013. In 2010 he curated Be Glad For the Song Has No End ~ A Festival of Artist’s Music at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, and in 2012 he adapted David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interview’s with Hideous Men for the stage at the ICA in London. 2013. He runs the record label Lost Toys Records, as well as performing regularly with his band The Grubby Mitts, which culminated in the Politics of Friendship tour of artist run spaces around the UK in 2014.

Curated by Helen Nisbet