Artist Andrew Hewish’s practice includes drawings, painting, collage, films, and sculpture. In an enigmatic yet tactile body of work, there exists always the trace of the studio, the artist’s notation, and hand - visible as relic against paper, paint, and object.
Material remains at the center of the creative process, “part of an element of unknowability of what the material is going to do which lends itself to accident or traveling beyond the determined end -product.” Intertwined is a sense of archaism and lyricism, inviting the viewer to experience each object as contemplation, its materiality coolly sumptuous.
Hewish seeks to make work that functions beyond surface production or quantities, creating mnemonic imagery of the natural world, architectural spaces, and monuments. In the series "Scatterworks" the artworks are made with a single impression of the hand, pressing gluey paper onto paper cuttings thereby introducing a chance process. There is an unseen logic at work here: the form of the cuttings are determined by a process from a different, parallel series of collages - as such the form here is partially determined from an unknown or unseen process.
"Identified as belonging to the domain of !process” ... the disposition of elements is never prescribed; successive installations count as iterations" - Weiss, Jeffrey, 2010. Things Fall Apart, Leo Castelli Gallery : New York
The fragmentary elements combine perspectival cues with an explosive graphic grouping which recall the experiments in lyrical form of El Lissitzky, Kandinsky and Klee. Here is the material detritus of our culture, of images, architecture, stories and print, disrupted by this process to form a world reconfigured as energetic and lively. This is a spirited culture at play, or in the words of gallerist Vivienne Roberts, "spontaneous, explosive or reminiscent of landscape after snowfall".
About the artist:
Andrew Hewish is a London-based contemporary artist and curator. He has exhibited (and his work is collected) internationally. His practice focuses on painting, drawing and sculpture and the possibilities of ecology, site, studio and the line. He holds a PhD from the Royal College of Art (RCA) and is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the School of Art, Architecture and Design (formerly the Sir John Cass School). In 2020, he was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to the arts. In 2004 he founded the Centre for Recent Drawing, a UK charity which has curated over 100 exhibitions in drawing and where he remains as Executive Director. He sits on the board of Poetry School, a UK charity, and has previously curated the public engagement in research and exhibition programme at the Warburg Institute, University of London, and has been a Visiting Academic at the University of Oxford’s Ruskin School of Art.
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