Art Now Cornwall: The artists: Andy Whall

Andy Whall In An Atlantic Wave 2006

Andy Whall In An Atlantic Wave 2006 Video

© the Artist

Andy Whall is a founder of Art Surgery, an organisation which initiates artists’ projects, often with collaborating organisations, to be presented in locations beyond the gallery walls. His current practice is performance-based with drawing and time-based media – mainly video – used as an accompaniment. Often the performance is action-based; for example, in a recent work, he was blindfolded and whilst kneeling, licked a granite pillar for four hours. The use of the blindfold was to enhance his sense of vulnerability whilst carrying out a ritualistic sequence of actions in a Cornish landscape setting which had previously been mined. His works are often about the mind and body’s physical propensity for endurance under extreme conditions, such as running continuously or climbing (or licking).