Approved: 28.01.2007

Andrew Vass

Artist, Maker

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Approved: 28.01.2007

Vass's work is bound up with the fusion of mark making and looking: they record the probing of the eye as it is translated into a materiality, an idea expressed eloquently by Roland Barthes: 'The line, however light, or uncertain it may be, always refers to a force, to a direction; it is an energon, a labour which reveals' which makes legible 'the trace of its pulsion and its expenditure. The line

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Artist Statement

Vass's work is bound up with the fusion of mark making and looking: they record the probing of the eye as it is translated into a materiality, an idea expressed eloquently by Roland Barthes: 'The line, however light, or uncertain it may be, always refers to a force, to a direction; it is an energon, a labour which reveals' which makes legible 'the trace of its pulsion and its expenditure. The line is a visible action.' In the drawings and paintings of Andrew Vass we find a similar energon' whereby the mark or the trace is a unit for directly building and constructing without losing any sense of this physicality or sensuality. Often made on location, Vass's drawings document a particular interface between the artist and a specific perceptual grasp of what lies before him: pressure and erasure document proximity and distance, the movement of the eye, and the sensation of perceived planes and masses; grasping in his words, 'a property that lies between surface and image.' In this way, the paintings and drawings actively produce space: a space that reverberates somewhere between observation and construction, rather like what Willem de Kooning referred to as a 'glimpse'. Moreover it is a painterly space that isn't about grounding representations, an idea which can ultimately be related back to specific urges within modernism: that of the naturalistic and the anti-naturalistist. What Vass manages to hold on to is both positions, while acknowledging that his works ultimately possess an 'independent life'. Adapted from the essay 'Frequency' by David Ryan 2005

CV & Education

Public realm 2011 - The Class Of, Ipswich Art School Gallery, Ipswich 2011 - The Class Of, The Waterfront Gallery, Ipswich Solo exhibitions 2013 - Drawings, The Cold Press, Holt 2011 - JOURNEY PLANNER open studio, The Brewery Tap, Ipswich 2010 - Eight Drypoints, The Cold Store, Norwich 2010 - LANDSCAPE, Broadbent , London 2008 - Pitch, The Garage Space, Ipswich 2007 - Close at Hand, Broadbent, London 2007 - Surfacing, Horace Blue, Norwich 2005 - Frequency, Broadbent, London Group exhibitions 2013 - the ground on which we walk, with photographer Mark Edwards, UCS Waterfront Gallery, Ipswich 2012 - CROSS COUNTRY, broadbent, London 2012 - Winter's Choice X, Oliver Contemporary, London 2009 - Alex Pearl and Andrew Vass, Peppermint SHED, ipswich 2009 - Kettles Yard OPEN 2008, Kettles Yard, Cambridge 2009 - North House Gallery 10th Anniversary Show, North House Gallery, Manningtree 2008 - Broadbent, London Art Fair, London 2008 - coordinates, Town Hall Galleries, Ipswich 2008 - Mindspace, Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge 2007 - Circulate Series, Broadbent, Toronto Art Fair 2007 - Traject Series, Broadbent, London Art Fair 2002 - Drawn Together, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Suffolk Residencies 2011 - "interventions "residency at UCS, University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich 2011 - DRAWINGS PROJECTIONS, University Campus Suffolk, Ipswich Competitions, prizes and awards 2012 - Drawing OPEN , One Church Street Gallery,, Great Missenden 2012 - Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London 2003 - Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London etc 2001 - Jerwood Drawing Prize, Cheltenham & Gloucester College of Higher Education, London etc Educational experience - secondary 1992 - Part Time Drawing/Painting Lecturer, Suffolk New College, Ipswich Educational experience - tertiary 2012 - Visiting Drawing Lecturer, The City and Guilds London Art School, London 2012 - Visiting Lecturer, Drawing for Etching, The Prince's Drawing School, London 2011 - Artist Led Drawing Workshops , FIRSTSITE, Colchester 1998 - Fine Art/ Drawing Lecturer, Cambridge Art School ARU, Cambridge Publications 2008 - Brand Literary Magazine