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ANDREW GRAVES-JOHNSTON

Represented artist's for Illumini Event 2010 . . . . .. .. /////////////////////////////////////////////// BACK ... NEXT PROFILE


Category: Visual Artist
Location: London
Contact: Email
Website:
www.gomiandglass.com

Background

Andrew has completed a BTEC level 2 & 3 in kiln formed glass; studies also include International Summer Academy in Germany in Bronze casting, along with numerous other studies, within the UK. Andrew has won the David Bowker Prize and work published in Glass news, Glaushaus International Magazine, Dazed and confused and many more.

Statement

My present working interest lies in the ethereal; mythology, personal histories and memories and how these react with modern social culture. I have found glass to be a material whose properties, transparency or opaqueness, fragility or strength can visually emulate things that have no tangibility, like fairy tales, identities or even feelings

Previous stages of my creative development are flowing into my glass work. Having left school at sixteen,  I have combined DIY-learning with the pursuit of an education in creative media from screen printing through to digital media manipulation and an art and design foundation course.

My working life has taken many turns and most of them in a creative direction. I worked in the building, theatre and film industries, hung and organised my own and others exhibitions, and lately built my own computers.

In my late twenties at a rave party run by the Mutoid Waste Company I saw found object sculpture and realised that what I had been doing was very similar to what they had created. This experience gave me the confidence to show my work to others.

As a collector of objects, I built installations and sculptures from organic and non-organic materials I found in the skips and pathways of urban and rural landscapes: Bricolage and collage as reflections on popular or sub-culture are still an important part of my work. It may well have mixed media alongside the glass.

  I contrast found objects with the perfect ephemeral properties of glass. My  pieces can echo raw urban street life but equally can bring a notion of rural material life or describe new technology. Applying glass with its historical connotations of luxury to these objects allows me to reflect on todays cultures from a new angle.

For my creative process, I developed a methodology that relies on experiments with found (digital) imagery, even though this may not be tangible in the final piece.

Gallery

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Above images copyright of Andrew Graves-Johnston 2009-2010