Andy Laffan

Artist 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.

Geology. 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).

Biology. Life, biological and natural intervention represented by wood or other organic material.

Technology. 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

AWARDS

Scottish Arts Club Award 2018

Fluid-Rock

EXHIBITIONS

1 Aug 20 - 31 Aug 2020

Lockdown Escapism

Baile na Cille, Timsgarry, Uig, Isle of Lewis, HS2 9JJ.

Hulabhaig

 

14 Dec 2019 - 31 Jan 2020

A Work in Progress

Baile na Cille, Timsgarry, Uig, Isle of Lewis, HS2 9JJ.

Hulabhaig

 

25 Nov 2019 – 2 Feb 2020.

Grinneas nan Eilean

An Lanntair, Kenneth Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2DS.

 

July 2019

Scottish Arts Club

Edinburgh

 

December 2018 to January 2019

The Beasts of Holm

Hulabhaig

 

July/Aug 2018

Iùl: art, course, learning, guidance.

An Lanntair

Stornoway

January 2018

OPEN 2018, SSA + VAS Together

Royal Scottish Academy

Edinburgh


May 2013
New Sculpture
W-CA/Division of Labour
Malvern, Worcestershire

 

July 2009
MECA (Malvern Exhibition of Contemporary Art)
Malvern, Worcestershire
Organiser, curator and exhibitor

 

July/Aug 2009
The Gallery at Bevere
Sculpture in the Garden event

 

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

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.