Have the willingness to believe in the absurd!? Then, GOSEE: MI!MS (Maximum Irony Maximum Sincerity) @Zabludowicz Collection opening Thursday 26th of September
Andy Holden with Henry Wallis, Death of Chatterton M!MS Logo, 2013
The culmination of an 18-month collaboration with the Collection, it will include film, large-scale sculpture and performance to explore the output and legacy of the MI!MS (Maximum Irony! Maximum Sincerity) artistic movement, which Holden founded with friends before training as an artist in 2003. The movement’s manifesto stated “MI!MS is about the willingness to be lied to and the will to believe! It’s about the intense sadness of our unrealistic dreams, and the intense joy of our desire for them.”
This is Holden’s most ambitious project to date. The exhibition will include collaborations with the other founding MI!MS members: John Blamey, Roger Illingworth, James MacDowell and Johnny Parry.
More about Andy Holden:
Andy Holden’s work incorporates a wide variety of media and forms of presentation, from plaster, bronze and ceramic objects, to music, performance and large outdoor sculpture. Recent exhibitions include Pyramid Piece and Return of the Pyramid Piece at Tate Britain and Chewy Cosmos Thingly Time at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge. He curated Be Glad For the Song Has No End – A Festival of Artists’ Music at Wysing Arts Centre in 2010.In 2012 he received a fellowship from te Stanley Picker Gallery in Kingston, where he developed the exhibition Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape, an elaboration in space of the ideas presented in the lecture of the same name. In the lecture staged by Andy Holden together with curator Tyler Woolcott, the pair put forward an idea that we can use the laws of physics as they appear in cartoons to help us devise a possible way of understanding the landscape “after the end of art history…a landscape where it seems like anything might be possible, but not everything is, there are rules that begin to emerge as we make observations”. The Laws of Motion in Cartoon Landscape Lecture was restaged at Swedenborg House, Bloombsbury, in January 2013 to accompany the Stanley Picker Gallery exhibition.
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About Zabludowicz Collection:
Inaugurated in 2007, the Zabludowicz Collection’s London project space presents exhibitions of collection works and new commissions by artists linked to the collection. Its varied programme includes group and solo exhibitions, commissions, residencies, the Zabludowicz Collection Curatorial Open and Testing Ground, an annual initiative for higher education in the arts and curating. It also has an active publishing arm and dynamic programme of free public events, ranging from talks and performances by artists and academics to community-based festivals and youth and adult education. All events and exhibitions are free and open to all.