Speak, Memory: Andrew Lord

12 December 2010 thru 20 February 2011
Location: Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
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Personal stories, distorted memories, lost moments and old traditions, traces of buildings: these are the elements that connect the diverse works in this exhibition. Below we focus on the work of Andrew Lord.

Andrew Lord (1950) is a British born artist who lives and works in New York and the Netherlands. Since the seventies, Lord is known for his characteristic and unconventional use of materials: clay, plaster, beeswax, bronze, ceramics are used to express physical experiences. The work of Lord was shown in the late seventies and early eighties at the legendary Art & Project Gallery in Amsterdam.

Lord approaches memory as an actual basis for creating his work. He produced, for example, a series of works titled WHITWORTH, in which childhood memories are captured in ceramics. The monuments, landscapes and people from his childhood are present in this series. One of the works shows the swallow tattoos of his uncle, as he remembers them.

In Speak, Memory the works TWO MODELLED SKULLS AND BASE, THE BOWERY, AUGUST, 7 PM., from 2007 and SMALL VALLEY (DOCTOR'S WOOD), WHITWORTH (II) from 2008-2009 are shown. The ceramic shows traces of the hands of the artist. He seems to have been working quickly, before the memories subsided further or eluded him completely.
"Well, the impact of place and an attachment to places lost has been enormous, particularly places that have become unreachable. And somehow I think lost places replaced an idea of lost time, or used time. The Whitworth show at Gladstone was an attempt to reclaim places that seemed lost and using these places as subject matter was a successful way to retrieve them."

[Andrew Lord in conversation with James Rondeau in ANDREW LORD (Milton Keynes Gallery & Santa Monica Museum of Art)].