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14 Dec 2010

Martin Erik Andersen at Sprovieri, London

Martin Erik Andersen installlation view courtesy Galleri Riis, Oslo

matter and mind - slipping through our fingers


16th December - 6th February Tues-Sat 10am-6pm Nearest tube: Oxford Circus, Bond Street, Green Park, Piccadilly Circus Please note: the gallery will be closed between 23 Dec – 3 Jan 2011

Sidney Norberg
+44 (0)20 7734 2066

27 Heddon St
London W1B 4BJ

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Sprovieri and Isis Gallery are delighted to present Martin Erik Andersen's installation 'matter and mind – slipping through our fingers'.

Taking bearings is a challenge when encountering Martin Erik Andersen's installations, sculptural explorations and works on paper for the first time. Within what Andersen refers to as his 'general register of materials' there are elements of concrete, steel reinforcing bars, scraps of newspaper cartoons, wonky knitting and embroidery, electrical wiring and light fittings, moulded silicone, a record player with a picture disc spinning... Is it finished? Did we arrive too early? Too late?

As we hunt for clues and associative links between the materials an intuitive grasp of Andersen's schema may rise. Then we find that there is a jumping-off point – perhaps the drawings of Sigmund Freud or a quote from Nick Nolte. In 'matter and mind – slipping through our fingers' we encounter these in embroidered elements within the works, and more tangentially in the ganglia, cells and varicose fibres that the sculptural elements broker. And so it is when any individual piece by Andersen is seen in the context of his work as a whole; these intuitive forays take shape and purpose, revealing themselves as a metapsychological mapping of liminal spaces between conscious and unconscious awareness.

'matter and mind - slipping through our fingers' at Sprovieri is the first opportunity in the UK to encounter a full, dedicated environment of work by the award-winning Andersen. Prolific and widely exhibited in Denmark, Andersen is represented in the collections of the The National Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen, the Holstebro Kunstmuseum, and the Arken, Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj, Denmark.

'matter and mind - slipping through our fingers' is a collaborative presentation by Sprovieri and Isis Gallery

This exhibition has been made possible by the kind assistance of Carol Seigel and the Freud Museum London, the Danish Arts Council, the Embassy of Denmark, London and Galleri Susanne Ottesen in Copenhagen.