SMMoA Santa Monica Museum of Art

Andrew Lord

15 May - 21 Aug 2010

© Andrew Lord
river Spodden at Healey Dell, Whitworth, December 28, 2008
Video still (12 minutes, 47 seconds)
"Between my hands to water falling", selected works from 1990 to 2010

May 15 - August 21, 2010

Opening Reception: Friday, May 14, 2010
Members' Preview 6 - 7 pm
Public Opening 7 - 10 pm

Closing Party: Sunday, August 22, 7 - 9 pm

Andrew Lord is a British artist working in New York and the Netherlands, who, from his earliest exhibitions in the late 1970s, has explored sculptural and pictorial concerns through clay, plaster, beeswax, bronze, video, drawing, and printmaking. Lord’s work transforms sensation into physical form—charged with emotion, reflection, physical identity, and personal history.

In Lord’s exhibition for SMMoA, elements from five series of works represent developments in his oeuvre from the 1990s to the present day. Breathing, biting, swallowing, tasting, smelling, listening, watching is a landmark series of forms (1992-1998) in which Lord transforms abstract sensation into material form by molding his own body into clay with repeated applications of his chest, teeth, neck, nostrils, ears and eyes. By using his body as a tool, he translates the senses—hearing, seeing, tasting, feeling—from their liminal states into tactile and visual objects. In another series—round, modeling, marking, touching and holding, pressing and squeezing, palm, fist—Lord explores the sculptural variations made by the actions and gestures of his hands.

In untitled series (2004), Lord observes and rebuilds the ceramics of Paul Gauguin, who has been a pivotal influence for him since the 1970s. Lord’s untitled series explores Gauguin’s enigmatic narrative in clay, of figures emerging from a natural landscape or engaged in everyday activity.

More recently in Whitworth (2009), Lord built a series of clay sculptures that record the monuments, landscapes and people of his birthplace Whitworth, in Lancashire, England. In these works he uses memory as a sense in itself, giving it three-dimensional form. By imbuing the act of remembering with corporeal potential, Lord creates a sculptural map of the town, navigating his personal history through the recognizable landmarks of Whitworth’s geography. Lord is also creating river Spodden at Healey Dell, a new series of plaster and beeswax sculptures that depict abstracted elements of the river on its rocky course through Whitworth. A video of the same name, made in 2008, accompanies the sculptures.

Lord studied at Rochdale College of Art, England and later at the Central School of Art and Design, London. His work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; and The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA. Lord has had solo exhibitions at Galerie Art & Project, Amsterdam; The Carnegie Museum of Art; Camden Arts Centre, London; and Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede. His work has been included in Westkunst-Heute at the Museen dr Stadt, Köln; the 1995 Whitney Biennial; Site and Insight at PS1, New York; and The Third Mind at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

SMMoA is collaborating with Milton Keynes Gallery in England on the production of a major catalogue that features an interview between Lord and James Rondeau (Curator, Frances and Thomas Dittmer Chair of Contemporary Art, The Art Institute of Chicago), and an essay by independent curator and scholar, Linda Norden. The combined exhibitions at SMMoA and Milton Keynes Gallery will comprise a comprehensive survey of Lord’s work.

The exhibition curator for Andrew Lord: between my hands to water falling, selected works from 1990 to 2010 is Elsa Longhauser, SMMoA Executive Director. Major support is generously provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Abby Sher, and the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation. Additional support is provided by Barbara Gladstone Gallery

Tags: Paul Gauguin, Andrew Lord, Andy Warhol