New York-based artist Andrew Lord’s latest exhibition Sorrow at Gladstone Gallery (Brussels, Belgium, February 3 – March 11, 2017) wraps up this week. The exhibition is a collection of 30 ceramic pieces and related work incorporating various vessel-like sculptures, maquettes and ceramic maps.
Lord’s work is born from a practice of tracing light through a series maquettes, as if recording his observations in three dimensions. His work challenges the expectations of the medium as he seeks to mold in clay works that directly trace and manifest the haptic experience of his own senses and experiences.
And while the color of the thirty composing pieces may evoke mourning and funeral pomp, his black objects absorb all wavelengths of light—everything—giving Lord a place for the variety and complexity of his feelings.
“I discovered in making a work with sorrow, the work becomes sorrow and stands for that emotion, just as a work about breathing, made by pressing clay against my chest, can become breathing.” For Lord, “Sorrow marked a turning point because it was the moment emotions, the body, objects, places and memory became central, and I discovered anything could be subject matter. My work became about things identifiably personal, corporeal and autobiographical.”
The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo to mark the occasion of Andrew Lord’s gift in honor of Adriaan van Ravesteijn and Geert van Beijeren, founders of Art & Project (1968-2001) in Amsterdam and Slootdorp.
Text (edited) from Gladstone Gallery.
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