ANDREW HANCOCK IN 6th MOSCOW BIENNALE OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Artist Andrew Hancock presents major new installation artwork for the 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, exhibiting
at the National Centre for Contemporary Art (NCCA).
The National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) launches a large-scale audio-visual project – the international festival TO SEE THE SOUND,dedicated to the study of sound in contemporary art.
TO SEE THE SOUND has been included in the Special Program of the 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. The co-organizers of the festival are the international Todays Art Festival (The Netherlands) and Moscow City Galleries Network.
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“Paintings tease us with unfulfilled desires to interact with both their total conceptual nature and the materiality of them – a fetish – holding a titillating promise often just beyond the veil of full comprehension. They act as a presence that you can own, but are ultimately denied full possession of. By working from first-principles in expression, I explore the tangible materials of my art, using the most primary elements. These works are a statement upon my quest to create a purity in my work that is singular, individualist and entirely focused, but that signifies my theoretical and material influences and respect for Art History.” The Artist
Andrew Hancock is a dynamic young artist with a rapidly growing following both in the UK and internationally. Recent projects have taken his work as far as Beijing and Moscow, where returns in 2015 as part of a major museum exhibition at the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA).
Working both in static medium and in the conceptual realm, his paintings, documentation, time-based medium, photography and installation works sit within the context of wider conceptual themes under investigation. In exploring diverse subjects from aesthetics to economics and politics to society – with recurrent themes of the spiritual, corporeal, material and relational – the artist’s practice is constantly evolving; heavily steeped in mythologies of artistic practice and the struggle with specificities of key art materials.
Immersed from a young age in his family’s art dealership and picture framing workshops, he developed an intrinsic understanding for craft and an innate respect for the handling of art materials. Moving from Staffordshire, and as a matter of research into the internal mechanisms of the ‘art world’, the artist went on to work at prestigious art institutions both in Manchester and London, including: Manchester City Art Gallery; Christie’s Auctioneers; White Cube; The Royal Academy of Arts; Frieze Art Fair; London Art Fair; and Saatchi Gallery. Andrew continues to draw on these experiences to develop a parallel approach in his workings, enabling him to create artistically whilst engaging critically within the broader cultural sphere.
Internationally, solo projects and exhibitions have been complemented by inclusion in several permanent collections, including the Chinese National Collection in Beijing and the permanent collection of The House of St Barnabas (London), where his work sits alongside such artists as Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, The Chapman Brothers, Tracey Emin, Roy Lichtenstein, Gilbert & George and Jean Paul Basquiat.
Following on from his first solo exhibition in London in 2013, Andrew Hancock’s work has swiftly burgeoned to reach international audiences. Looking towards China, ‘Creative Cities’ at the Barbican Centre (2012) has led not only to inclusion in the Chinese National Collection in Beijing, but to an invitation to open the Chinese Visual Festival in London (2014) with his art installation entitled ‘Temple (Shrine of the Unseen Artist)’.
In 2014 the artist also exhibited twice in Moscow, during which period he was interviewed on the Voice of Russia, discussing Contemporary Art across Europe and internationally. As a key young artist bridging the cultural gaps between diverse cultures, Andrew Hancock now has ever-increasing exposure in Russia. He has been invited to partake in several major projects in the country over the coming years, and will be creating a major museum installation in the summer of 2015 at the National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Moscow (NCCA).