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Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape

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Andy Holden Challenges The Laws Of Logic
Andy Holden, Stanley picker Gallery
'Chewy Cosmos' by Andy Holden

I love watching cartoons, be it Wile E. Coyote falling off a cliff after another one of his trusty A.C.M.E products have gone wrong, or Goofy trying to put his trousers on while wearing a pair of skis. Whatever cartoon it is, you can be sure the characters will defy the laws of physics. As Daffy Duck says while he's being stretched and contorted by Bugs Bunny in a Space Jam: 'No sweat, this is Looney Tune Land.'

Oswald The Lucky Rabbit
Oswald The Lucky Rabbit gets his legs stretched in 'The Fox Chase', 1928.

Yep, in the world of cartoons you can do just about anything, and that is what Andy Holden has tried to achieve in his latest exhibition, Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape.

Launching on the 5th December at 6pm-8.30pm at the Stanley Picker Gallery at Kingston University, the exhibition, which lasts until the 2nd February reworks the laws of our physical universe just like in the world of cartoons.

Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape explores the internal logic of cartoons through research and visual displays. The artworks include models made of clay and plaster, collages knitted textiles, and the use of sound.

During the exhibit, there will be a public lecture on the 31st January. It will start at 8pm and be held at Swedenborg House, London, WC1. To book a place call 020 8417 4074.

For the event at Swedenborg House, Holden has produced limited-edition silk-screened posters, which you can buy at the Stanley Picker Gallery.
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Why? Defy the wacky laws of physics
When: 5th Dec - 2nd Feb
Phone: 0208 417 4074
Where: Stanley Picker Gallery
Cost: Free
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