Andy Laffan

Website: http://www.hammeronchisel.com

Email: andy@hammeronchisel.com

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Standing Stone, Lewisian gneiss, hardwood and acrylic 2017 (54cm x 16cm x 10cm - 10kg)

Fluid-Rock, Lewisian gneiss and acrylic 2017 (23cm x 38cm x 24cm - 15kg)

Fragmented Earth 2, Lewisian gneiss, hardwood and aluminium 2017 (30cm x 40cm x 34cm - 35kg)


Statement

(The Lewisian complex or Lewisian gneiss is a suite of Precambrian metamorphic rocks that outcrop in the north-western part of Scotland, forming part of the Hebridean Terrane. These rocks are of Archaean and Paleoproterozoic age, ranging from 3.0–1.7 Ga. Rocks of the Lewisian complex were caught up in the Caledonian orogeny, appearing in the hanging walls of many of the thrust faults formed during the late stages of this tectonic event.)

I think in 3 dimensions and after a career in interior design, space planning, visualisation and technology I am now developing my own artistic practice from a lifelong passion for sculpture (the most appropriate form of art for expressing my ideas). I'm drawn by the magnificence and age of stone, it's permanence as the core material of our planet, with its fluidity of changing states through natural erosion and metamorphosis by pressure and time, and the interventions of both nature and human industrial and social development throughout history.

My recent work uses three key elements to represent, explore and illustrate the three definable factors that have had significant effect in shaping our planet.
The earth, our planet, that lonely blue spot in the vastness of the universe, the intervention of time, represented by Lewisian Gneiss with its beautiful metamorphic strata, being 2 to 3 billion years old (almost 2/3 the age of the planet).
Life, biological and natural intervention represented by wood or other organic material.
Human and industrial interventions represented by acrylic, plastics, metals and other man-made or processed substances.

The long-term metamorphosis of our planet and the development of life in its infinite complexity have dominated the natural history of the earth since its creation, but now in the relative short time of modern human habitation our industrial and technological interventions are having a dramatic effect on the delicate fine balance between geology and biology. From the simple human usage of rock for building, to chemical separation of elements for industry, to farming and forestry of natural resources, to the manipulation of DNA etc. All to be used to fuel and build the modern world for the benefit of mankind. But at what cost?

My recent sculptures are carved, cut and polished (my own personal intervention), some are representational and some abstract, but all expose the material and minerals in all their natural beauty, the form is generally determined from the original found object. I'm interested in applying direct carving principals as used by late 19th and early 20th century sculptors to a more contemporary implementation using assemblage, found objects, technology and landscape art to explore my own sculptural ideas.

Biography

CURATION AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Jan 2009 - 2013

W-CA
Worcestershire Contemporary Art
Founder member and Chairman of this local networking group of artists. Raising over £23,000 from local support groups and Arts Council funding.

Curated and Co-curated exhibitions including:
W-CA Contemporary Landscape Photography
So Near So Far
W-CA Contemporary Art Prize 2013
Worcester Open 2013
Unification 2011
Re Considered 2011
All is Not Lost 2010
Human All Too Human 2010
Worcester Open 2010
MECA Malvern Exhibition of Contemporary Art 2009.

EXHIBITIONS

May 2013
New Sculpture
W-CA/Division of Labour
Malvern, Worcestershire
http://divisionoflabour.co.uk

July 2009
MECA (Malvern Exhibition of Contemporary Art)
Malvern, Worcestershire
Organiser, curator and exhibitor
http://w-ca.co.uk/

July/Aug 2009
The Gallery at Bevere
Sculpture in the Garden event
http://www.beverevivis.com

Dec 2008
The Pitt Gallery
Group show from W-CA members

Oct 2008
Hammer on Chisel Collection
Part of the Autumn in Malvern Festival
The Coach House Theatre
Malvern, Worcestershire

May 2008
The Craft and Design Experience
16th - 18th May
Henley on Thames

Mar 2008
The Fold Art Festival
Bransford near Malvern

Feb 2008
Hammer on Chisel
Solo show at The Sir Barry Jackson Room
Malvern, Worcestershire

Sep 2006
VMA Open Studios
Stockport as part of Heritage Open Days celebrating the Mill as a Grade II listed building & celebrating its use as an Artistic Quarter.

May 2006
Spring Show
Stockport VMA

Oct 2005
Autumn Open Studios & Art for Peace Exhibition
Stockport VMA