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Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape | Andy Holden

Andy Holden is an artist whose work includes sculpture, large installations, painting, music, performance, animation and multi-screen videos.

From 2011 until 2017 Holden worked on Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape, described by The Art Newspaper as an “epic and widely acclaimed masterpiece”. The work is an hour-long animated film, narrated by the artist Andy Holden as a cartoon character, in which the world is declared to have become a cartoon, and cartoon physics is used as a way of understanding the world. The work also sees the limitless possibilities of today’s world through the prism of ten ‘motion laws’ delivered in a tone that is part-lecture, part-documentary and part-conspiracy theory. Laws such as “Everything falls faster than an anvil” and “Anybody suspended in space will remain in space until made aware of its situation”, are mixed with Greek myths, philosophy, politics, physics and the history of animation.

Andy Holden: Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape (Still)
Andy Holden: Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape (Still)
Andy Holden: Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape (Still)

Animation of an alternate world is something I have explored within my own practise with 3:06 AM. 3:06AM is a 2 Minute 39 Second Song alongside a hand drawn stop motion animated music video. The song and video represents the sleep cycle and the current situation we are in of Covid-19, only seeing a loved one within dreams until the dream switches to something else. Something Scary. The Sound is designed to be heard with both ears to create an immersive experience and play with your senses of not knowing where the vocals and sounds are coming from. It will work best with earphones or headphones. The video sticks to a very consistent style of animation and illustration throughout the video, edited for a dream like but abstract feel.

WARNING: Strobe Lights, Arachnophobia and Trypophobia

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My Work Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 | Jack Harper

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a miniature three piece series of a murder mystery of a unknown person, but for entertainment purposes, he is called John, who has killed a star of my previous work, Karen.

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a piece inspired by looking through the eyes of someone else. The story is set into different places John lives, works and plots this murder. The house is separated into six rooms; The Attic, Room 306, The Bathroom, The Green Room, The Kitchen and The Living Room.

We all have our own stories, and we can use the rooms to let our imaginations run wild and create various scenarios inside the house, but only one person knows what happened here.

The story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred.

The shed. A decrepit monument to this man’s twisted secrets. If you were to call this man an artist then this shed would be his studio, although I doubt many would argue that this man’s morbid obsession could be classed as art.

The miasma of rot and decay clung to the dilapidated wood that made up the walls and floorboards, in a way it reminded me of the attic but without the turpentine and paint to mask the horrid stench.

The ground was stained a dark crimson that matched the dried flecks of red that soiled the tools on the workbench. A map detailing missing people from the local area who would never be found again. The shelves adorned with trophies from his victims making this garden shed feel like this man’s monument to his inhumanity.

This was the only space that reflected who this man truly was, his work and home a mere disguise in order for him to indulge his perverted and twisted tendencies. A man who has committed so much horror but still wanted to live a quiet life.

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Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 | Jack Harper

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a miniature three piece series of a murder mystery of a unknown person, but for entertainment purposes, he is called John, who has killed a star of my previous work, Karen.

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a piece inspired by looking through the eyes of someone else. The story is set into different places John lives, works and plots this murder. The house is separated into six rooms; The Attic, Room 306, The Bathroom, The Green Room, The Kitchen and The Living Room.

We all have our own stories, and we can use the rooms to let our imaginations run wild and create various scenarios inside the house, but only one person knows what happened here.

The story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred.

The house. A three-story high building with an open attic space. Much like the office cubicle there seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary with this man’s residence. Simple almost bare décor save a few photographs hung on the walls.

Apart from odd pieces of kitchenware, food, and toiletries you could assume this place might be uninhabited. However, the signs of life were there. A messy kitchen sink, a bathroom that had been in use and a bed that looked like it had been slept in recently.

Venturing into the attic I was greeted by an overpowering smell of acrylic paint and turpentine as well as another scent of something that may have been decaying although it was impossible to tell due to the chemical scent in the air.

It seems that the inhabitant of this house has a fondness for art as it seems there are some paintings that he has been working on in his spare time up in the attic. I feel this artistic flair was also confirmed by the disturbing message he seems to have painted in lipstick on the mirror in his bathroom.

However, this pales in comparison to the horrors I would discover when I went into the backyard.

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Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 | Jack Harper

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a miniature three piece series of a murder mystery of a unknown person, but for entertainment purposes, he is called John, who has killed a star of my previous work, Karen.

Revenge Is Better Than Masturbation 2021 is a piece inspired by looking through the eyes of someone else. The story is set into different places John lives, works and plots this murder. The house is separated into six rooms; The Attic, Room 306, The Bathroom, The Green Room, The Kitchen and The Living Room.

We all have our own stories, and we can use the rooms to let our imaginations run wild and create various scenarios inside the house, but only one person knows what happened here.

The story, all names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this production are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred.

The office. A mundane workplace. There seemed to be nothing unusual from the outset, hard to believe that anyone who worked here would be of any great interest to anyone.

At least that was my initial thought as I searched through his cubicle. When asking his co-workers about what it was like to work with him, they too found it hard to recall anything noteworthy. They were of course aware of his presence at the office, but the feeling seemed to be that he made very little impact.

He was a hard worker but certainly not the best they had. He wasn’t an anti-social co-worker, yet they said he could be quite cold and neutral. They even found it hard to recollect what he even looked like.

Looking over his desk again I found nothing interesting, it seemed very clean and tidy, almost clinical in a way. That did seem odd as this man had made no effort to personalize their space in any way almost as if they didn’t want to leave an impression.

The only evidence there seemed to be of any sort of person inhabiting this workspace were some post it notes filled with reminders and a picture of what seems to be a home.

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Cherryade

I am so pleased to announce I’ll be collaborating with @st.purple_velvet to create their new single “Cherryade” out on 20/03/21! Together we worked on the lyrics, concept and album art and I cannot wait to share it all with you!

It will be on all streaming services on March 20th!

Pre-save here: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/stpurpleandvelvet/cherryade

🍒💎🍒💎

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The Holy Art Exhibition

On the 27th of January 2021 I was lucky enough to get my ‘On Entry’ work featured within The Holy Art Identity virtual exhibition and E – Catalogue.

I found this exhibition through an Instagram advert which came up and was followed by a few artists I follow who have previously exhibited with The Holy Art.

The Holy Art has a main studio in Hackney Downs Studio, London and seems a fairly new studio and seems to be growing with each exhibition they put on!

Please feel free to look through their website and their collections and see if you can spot my work in Room One and on Page 33 of the catalogue.

THE HOLY ART – Artists Opportunities

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evermore My Work

1. Willow – “𝘸𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘬 𝘮𝘺 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘴, 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵’𝘴 𝘮𝘺 𝘮𝘢𝘯”

Described by Taylor: “willow’ is about intrigue, desire, and the complexity that goes into wanting someone. I think it sounds like casting a spell to make somebody fall in love with you”

Willow also gives us a nod back to the ‘folklore’ album with the song August with the lyrics “I’d cancel my plans just in case you call.”

The Lyrics “wreck my plans, that’s my man” really stuck out to me as my interpretation of these lyrics gives me an image of a toxic relationship where a person is proud of him wrecking their plans and will do anything just for him. The word “wreck” sounds (to me) very aggressive, masculine and sexual which I wanted to covey in my piece with the rugged and ripped physical collage behind and the silhouette of a man with the willow tree projected on his torso.

What do you think? 🌳

Physical Collage, Digital Collage

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2. Champagne Problems – “𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘨𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘴, 𝘐 𝘥𝘳𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘵”

“champagne problems,” tells the story of a woman who shocks her would-be fiancé and their loved ones by turning down a marriage proposal right before Christmas. In a post about evermore, Taylor stated that the song depicts “longtime college sweethearts who had very different plans for the same night, one to end it and one who brought a ring.”

Champagne Problems is one of the best songs on the whole album, lyrically and poetically. I could have used so much imagery from the lyrics but the part which kept repeating in my head was “your heart was glass, I dropped it” I kept on thinking how I could create artwork for these lyrics, in the end, I found an old champagne glass wrapped it in a towel and smashed it. I took photos of the smashed glass and used the colour pallet to create an artwork in the same technique I have used for my new media artworks previously.

The blue colour pallet conveys the heartbreak and loss that the song creates🥂

New Media Art

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3. Gold Rush – “𝘪𝘵 𝘧𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘴 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘺 𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘰𝘭𝘥 𝘵𝘦𝘢”

“gold rush” is the third song on evermore, is a song depicting the jealousy she has because she is attracted to someone who everyone else is. Because of this, she has to stop picturing her life with them. 🫖

Scanography, Collage and New Media Art

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