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Exhibitions

Andrew Litten 'Concerning the Fragile'

Con­cern­ing The Frag­ile’ is a solo exhi­bi­tion of large scale fig­u­ra­tive paint­ings, bronze sculp­ture and mixed media works by Andrew Litten.

“Artist Works Beyond Tragedy In Pursuit of Life Affirming Sense of Our Shared Humanity in this Pertinent and Poignant Solo Exhibition”

‘Concerning The Fragile’ is a solo exhibition of figurative paintings, mixed media works on paper and sculpture by British artist Andrew Litten. This exhibition reflects the fragility of life with a succinct and inescapable relevance to the recent word crisis. The exhibition unguardedly explores complex states of our contemporary condition through a multifaceted body of work. As Litten states “Where our vulnerability is made apparent, there is then a potential connect with others and our instinctive sense of our mutual humanity. I want this exhibition to nurture a life affirming sense of our shared humanity and encourage wider readings of connection and compassion.” The profundity of this endeavour is all the more notable as it has been completed and assembled following the tragic passing of his wife Emma last year, which both overshadows and prescribes the subtext for this exhibition.

Litten speaks of his hopes and objectives for the show: “Our shared need to connect, to engage with others, to share emotion and express protective feeling towards others who are vulnerable is such an essential and fundamental part of our basic nature. We want to feel moved, yet in a world that has become increasingly dominated by social media hits, disturbing pointless image overload and divisive identity posturing; the truly sensitive nuanced reflections can become rarer and sidelined. Through these works I seek to create stories of authenticity and to explore the part of us that wants to care - to compress a sense of endurance of human spirit.”

The work itself expresses firm commitment to the power of hand manipulated media, carrying a prolonged focus of energy and intensity to the viewer. For Litten reassessment, manipulation and exploration of the unfamiliar are intrinsic to finding artistic articulacy. Traditional portraiture becomes a format for the representation of dependence (‘Alcohol Now’ & ‘Chemical Withdrawal - Citalopram’), personal breakdown (Emma - With Noise), faith (‘Blessed’ & ‘Praying’) and passing (Head of a Dying Man). Larger scale allegorical compositions (‘Seated Man With Animals’ & ‘Discredited’) ambitiously tackle wider anxieties of the uncomfortable animal instincts within us that are often thinly veiled by civility.

‘Concerning the Fragile’ is imbued with the raw aim of defining issues of contemporary social conditioning and private confusion within a wider context that is neither judgemental or sensationalist but humanistic in essence.
The exhibition will be linked to the charity Mind Cornwall, fundraising and gaining feedback regarding how resources can be developed to offer further support to help people in Cornwall.