AN ARTIST TALKS: Big Bertha, Bo Diddley and the Ton Up Boys

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


John Henry Brookes Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


Andrew will talk about the influences on his work over 66 years. It encompasses drawing, printmaking, photography, film and design.

His work explores the apparently anonymous mobile infrastructure of cities, in particular the interstate system, the largest designed object in the world. In particular he will talk about Progress and its connection with the work of Albrecht Durer, Ross Macdonald, and Ansel Adams.

The work offers not the unique quality of handicraft, but the elements of three traditions: that art is evidence, and of an ability to select significant objects, and things from experience; that art is the residue of engaging the existing systems with particular mechanical techniques and processes; and that art provides the possibility of fabricating new versions of reality.

These procedures are organised as Arrangements, and Nonuments under the principles of Informalism.