los-angeles

Andrew Lord

ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

This overview of two decades of Andrew Lord’s practice affords a fluid view of five series of works, loosely grouped within the exhibition space. Two wall-based works installed near the entrance, between my hands and inside my mouth (both 2010), set the stakes of Lord’s visceral engagement with materials. Plaster peaks and hollows shaped by the negative spaces of the artist’s body emerge in plaster and beeswax, strengthened by burlap. Created out of sight, through a purely haptic encounter of body and materials, the resulting forms are then rendered visually through accompanying graphite drawings. The protuberances literally point to an adjacent, earlier series of ceramic-vessel-like pieces, “breathing, biting, swallowing, tasting, smelling, listening, watching” (1994–2000), molded by the continued application to clay of distinct parts of the artist’s body, including eyelids, nose, ears,

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