Andy Holden: Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape

10.09.2017 – 22.10.2017, pop-up exhibition at ‘Det gamle Rådhus’, Stænderpladsen 2, Viborg

Viborg Kunsthal are proud to present Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape, an exhibition of moving image works by Andy Holden.

Andy Holden uses cartoons to present a very different way of looking at art and the world we live in. Part-lecture, part-documentary, part-conspiracy theory, Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape examines the formation of ‘laws’ within cartoons as a way of making sense of the world we live in. Among many things, it humorously focuses on the physics of the cartoon world, which defy the normal conditions of gravity, force, and velocity. In the film, the artist’s avatar invites the viewer to experience a world where laws such as ‘Everything falls faster than an anvil’ are given the same critical attention as philosophy, physics, and politics.

Viborg Kunsthal are presenting this project alongside others for the Animation Festival in Viborg, which is a feature of the city’s contribution to the Aarhus 2017 programme.

”Combining knowledge of psychoanalysis, the laws of physics, with a wry sense of humour and a love of the elastic, super plastic universe of animation, Andy Holden’s works bring a new, nerdy and affectionate view to an art form that informs our world with a set of imponderable paradoxes and spatial plays. We are so thrilled to be able to add Andy’s project to our intensive look at all things animation in Viborg and to work together with the terrific people at the Viborg Kunsthal once again. Funny, fantastic.... yibby yibby, it’s great folks!” says Juliana Engberg, Programme Director of Aarhus 2017.

The exhibition is presented in the Viborg Kunsthal off site venue in the city centre, at ‘Det gamle Rådhus’, Stænderpladsen 2, Viborg. The premises of the building, which previously functioned as courtrooms, is arranged as an epic labyrinth, that investigates the artist’s theory that cartoon’s can help us to understand the world around us – which Holden finds has increasingly come to resemble a cartoon landscape; A space where anything is possible an a new set of laws have formed.

Andy Holden (b. 1982) lives and works in Bedfordshire, UK. He graduated from Goldsmiths (London) in 2005. He first came to the attention of a large public in 2010 for his ‘Pyramid Piece’ and ‘Return of the Pyramid Piece’, exhibited in the Art Now series at Tate Britain. In 2017, he was shortlisted at the Venice Biennale for The Future Generation Art Prize. His next major work is presented 10 September 2017 - 05 November 2017 by ARTANGEL in London at the The Former Newington Library.

The Pop-up exhibition will open 10 September 2017 15.30 pm, opening speech by Juliana Engberg, Programme Director of Aarhus 2017.

On the same day at 14pm Viborg Manga and Anime Museum opens at Hjultorvet in Viborg. It´s arranged by The Animation Workshop as a part of Viborg Animations Festival.

Andy Holden: Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape
Place: Det gamle Rådhus, Stænderpladsen 2, 8800 Viborg
Free entry

Opening hours:
Thursday 13-21 / Friday 11-17 / Saturday 11-17 / Sunday 11-17
Extra open week 39 (VAF) and week 42 (school holiday):
Mon-Wednesday 10-17 / Thursday 13-21 / Fri-Sunday 11-17