Andrew Holligan

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Holligan's work intends to disorientate the viewer and their perception of space. Using the camera as his primary tool, he combines photography with materials such as perspex, aluminium, lead, rubber and glass to make sculptural installations. His new work 'Blocked Vision' instigates an energetic fusion of surfaces, prompting visual play between image and glass and engaging the viewer in a contradictory yet stimulating perception of both surfaces.

Holligan has photographed the white-washed windows of closed-down shops seen from inside and outside. Inspired by the anonymous gestural swirls that block the glass from the inside, he has blown-up sections and face-mounted the photographic print onto glass.

The work hangs unframed yet projected clearly away from the wall, which effectively suspends the sheet of glass, exposing its unpolished edges and making it integral part of the work as sculptural object.

These works are instantly challenging. The viewer is both seduced and obstructed - drawn into the surging depths of gestural swirls and yet blocked by the whiting-out of glass as a transparent material. However the window glass reveals small glitches which open up an internal space that can be looked into as well as looked through. It is this dynamic between internal and external, transparent and reflective that makes the work both accessible and inaccessible. The eye is compelled to enter into a frameless and expansive journey and yet is somehow grounded by its reflective nature and the awareness of its dangerously sharp edges. It is these contradictions that make the work active, bringing to mind the facade of both photograph and glass.

Andrew Holligan was trained at Portsmouth School of Architecture. Exhibitions include Liminal, Minimal, Nominal at John Hansard Gallery (2001); Nature/Culture at Gimpel Fils (1999) and solo exhibitions at Hales Gallery (1993/5).

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