Ey Up Andy Holden

Sometimes, or at least for me, it can get quite disheartening when you go a long time without seeing an exhibition or artwork which really excites you. Often the longer this goes on, the less effort you start putting into trying to see shows or seek out new work. This had been the case last autumn until by happenstance I ended up visiting Andy’s and his father’s collaborative Artangel commission Natural Selection. I really don’t think I’d ever seen such an engaging, interesting, and maybe significantly - educational, exhibition. Maybe in simple terms, and in more ways than one, it was achieving lots of things I wish I could do. I was envious.

It was around this time I had just started the podcast and Andy quickly jumped high up the list of people I wanted to have on as a guest. Thankfully the exhibition has now made its way to Leeds Art Gallery (who in fact were one of the co-commissioners I’ve come to learn) and I was able to get chance to speak with him. Needless to say he is pretty much just as he appears (and sounds) in his work, though was great to discuss that distinction as well as the complications and consequences that arise from placing yourself within your own work.