Sarah Dobai

Andrea Gregson  AFTER ( life of ) OBJECTS  

Andrea Gregson, Detail of Flagrant Matter, 2016f

Andrea Gregson  Detail of Flagrant Matter    bronze and plastic  

Private View : Friday 19 November 2021 2 - 8pm in the presence of the artist
By appointment only - please contact

The exhibition continues until 11 December 2021


AFTER (life of) OBJECTS is a solo show by Andrea Gregson which brings together new, recent and unseen works including sculpture, a ceramic installation and drawing. Using experimental forms of casting and re-appropriating found material fragments, the work references post-industrial landscapes and the picturesque.

The exhibition considers landscape as a relic of past production and the connections and conflicts between industry and nature. Gleaning traces of material history, the work mediates the death of objects with structures in nature and human artifice. The work builds on research into bucolic landscapes and the inter-relationship between post-industrial and geological sites, drawing attention to changing material states and the Anthropocene.

Gregson has researched sites at the edge of nature and industry including Thames Embankment, Grizedale Forest in Cumbria, Heysham Barrows in Lancashire, and Glen Nevis in Scotland, locating materials and objects on the fringes of the natural and industrial: anomalies between industry, domesticity and nature. The work reflects upon the relics and residues left behind by human activity, exploiting sculptural casting processes with the potential to radically transform materials. Throughout art history, artists have objectified nature through picturesque views for visual consumption where ruins, industrial relics, dwellings, geological formations become visual reference points in the picture plane. Nature has become a landscape of objects, a container of material history, of industry, agriculture and the built environment, layers of time and human intervention as conglomerates of form.

Metal cast works explore the language of reproduction, transforming found objects into caves with interiors for reflection. Flagrant Matter is part of an ongoing series of cast metal works exploring the inside space of objects. Using the lost wax Italian method of bronze casting, some of the works are sculpted from a core. Another name for the core is ‘anima’, when translated into English meaning ‘soul’. The sculptures focus equally on the internal hidden space and the external surface, drawing on notions that objects have an interior life, forms beyond the surface of things but having a ‘soul’- a record of their material past. Peering through holes in the sculpture offers up an unexpected space within. The scale refers to the dimensions of the body, linking psychological states with geological form.

A new iteration of the ongoing work, Spectre , connects with the architectural plasterwork and architraves found within the Georgian gallery space appearing as ghostly parasites on the walls. The work composed of porcelain bracket fungi has a decorative quality signifying 18th Century grotesque and the objectification and mass production of nature. In nature, bracket fungi manifest cycles of life, death, time formed into an eerie beauty.

Found Landscapes depicts folds of matter, bodies of landscape, rockpools, shelters, mountains, ruins, geological outcrops and subterranean worlds; the picturesque captured into a compact space: a landscape in your hand. These miniature drawings are made on wood shavings from Stott Park Bobbin Mill, formerly a supplier of 19th century Lancashire textile mills, still working its machinery.

A new series of illuminated ink drawings, Nightscapes depict post-industrial ruins and landscapes at the edge of nature. These works which started at night during lockdown, became a daily ritual of making at home. Trapped in the city, they represented places out of bounds from beyond the home: imaginary places for reflection. In their illuminated form, the imagery brought into view is reminiscent of Victorian silhouettes, a form of shadow play.

A specially commissioned essay about the work by art writer, critic and curator, Rebecca Geldard will be available throughout the show.

Andrea Gregson is an artist, curator and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. From 1995-97 she received a Postgraduate Fellowship at the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland and in 1998, an MA Fine Art, at Manchester Metropolitan University. In 2016, she was artist in residence at the University of East London supported by the Henry Moore Foundation. She has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad including Danielle Arnaud, London (2021); Grizedale Gallery, Cumbria (2019); Gaesteatelier Hollufgard, Fyn, Denmark (2017); Romantso, Athens, Greece (2017); Patrick Heide, London (2014); Concrete, Hayward Gallery (2012); Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles, USA (2011); The Garden Museum, London (2009); Galerie Shuster, Berlin, Germany (2009); Galeria XX1, Warsaw, Poland (2005); Centre for Contemporary Art, Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw, Poland (2000). Curatorial projects include Gustav Metzger’s, Facing Extinction Conference and Exhibition , James Hockey Gallery, UCA Farnham, Herbert Read Gallery (2014) and Remember Nature (2015/2022); Workshop of Hereafter, Blyth Gallery, London (2009); The Miniature World Show , Jerwood Space (2006).

The show has been generously supported by Arts Council England and University for the Creative Arts Research fund.

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