2009

COMMA 09

Andrew Mania


Exhibition Dates: 6 – 22 August 2009
Andrew Mania’s practice spans painting, video and sculpture. He describes himself as a collector of curiosities, creating assemblages and installations that include figurative drawings, curios, sculptural objects, photographs, videos and film footage. Typically, he recycles found objects and images, such as old master drawings or vintage photographs, and adds his personal obsessions – including yetis, invasive abstract motifs or bird-like swarms. In each of these installations, the setting of each painting, drawing or object becomes of great importance.

For his new commission at Bloomberg SPACE, Mania set up the equivalent of a stage set, a very open planned schematic room, constructed from 3 metre high sections of a reclaimed French 19th century oak panelled room, in order to suggest the boudoir of a collector. Into the panelling, hung with framed drawings, a hole had been bored for looking through whereupon the viewer could spy a female white mannequin painted and scribbled on with thick blue marks. The ‘room’ held a second element – a wooden table onto which Mania had placed a window frame partially ‘boarded up’ with a drawing.

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About: Andrew Mania
(b. Bristol, UK 1974) lives and works in Bristol.

About COMMA: Launched in March 2009, COMMA is a dynamic new series of commissions enabling artists to experiment and expand their practice in relation to Bloomberg SPACE and its communities. Over thirty of today’s most outstanding emerging and established international artists will be invited to create new work, installations and architectural interventions in a fast paced succession of exhibitions. The program is curated by David Risley, Graham Gussin, Stephen Hepworth, Sacha Craddock and Vanessa Desclaux.

COMMA at Bloomberg SPACE, reflects the core principles of innovation, engagement, adventurous creativity and education central to Bloomberg’s reputation for arts sponsorship