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Extraordinary Ladder (Alternate Sizes Available) - Limited Edition of 30
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Extraordinary Ladder (Alternate Sizes Available) - Limited Edition of 30 Artwork

Andrew Weir

Germany

New Media, Digital on Canvas

Size: 47.2 W x 47.2 H x 1.6 D in

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Alternate sizes - 90 H x 90 W x 4 cm on Canvas = $650 (including shipping) or 60 x 60 x 0.1 cm on high quality 308 gsm paper = $550 (including shipping) . If you have any questions, please contact - curator@saatchiart.com Please have a look at the video in my profile which helps explain our process for this project. Extraordinary Ladder is a new remote collaboration between friends Andrew Weir and Tommy Perman. The pair first met while studying at art school in Scotland where they discovered shared interests in literature, art, design, music and beer. After graduating in the early 2000s their lives diverged. Andrew spent over a decade living in Japan teaching at universities. In 2016 he and his wife left Japan for Germany, where he has pursued his career as a full-time painter. Tommy stayed in Scotland, formed a band called FOUND with whom he released records and toured the world. He has exhibited extensively and has had his artwork projected onto the Sydney Opera House. The friends kept in touch and began collaborating on a series of compositions in 2020. Tommy – The coronavirus crisis has revealed so many injustices and inequalities in our societies. It’s made me realise just how fortunate I am. I was very lucky to spend the UK’s coronavirus lockdown in my parents’ cottage in rural Kinross-shire, Scotland. I had moved there with my wife and two young kids at the beginning of the year. It was wonderful to be surrounded by wildlife – it helped calm anxious feelings but living in the countryside I was very isolated and I craved human interactions. Being able to collaborate remotely on artworks with Andrew has been a real boost for me. We used to be very close friends – we’d lived together in Aberdeen, Scotland and again in Maastricht, Holland. However, as is so often the case, we had long periods with no contact. Communication can be hard. I find it difficult to express myself through words alone. So it’s been amazing to share thoughts with Andrew through images, words and processes. It has helped reaffirm some of the things I truly value in life: friendship and the opportunity to explore the world through art. Andrew - Fortunately, the coronavirus hasn't had a great effect on my daily life. My days are usually spent on my own painting in my studio. In fact, it took me a while to get used to my wife working from home, usually I have the house to myself. What the coronavirus has elucidated, not that this has been hidden, is how for many our lives are anchored to various social media platforms. Being able to have conversations with family and friends around the world has provided some much-needed levity, especially for the elderly or those living alone. Unfortunately, it has also highlighted the fact that especially written exchanges can quickly become filled with asinine and hateful comments. This is compounded by the volume of information we have access to at our fingertips. Oftentimes disinformation can be presented to us in a compelling way. While scrolling through our lives we are open to a constant stream of information. During this pandemic we have seen both the positive and negative material affects our dependency on social media brings to our lives.

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New Media Print:Digital on Canvas

Artist Produced Limited Edition of:30

Size:47.2 W x 47.2 H x 1.6 D in

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Andrew Weir (agnosticforms@gmail.com) was born in Scotland. He studied at Gray's School of Art (Robert Gordon University) and graduated with BA(hons) in 2003. As part of his degree he also studied at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts (The Netherlands) He lived in Japan for almost a decade and moved back to Europe in the spring of 2017. Andrew Weir has exhibited in galleries across Europe, Australia, Asia & North America. His work is also held in private collections around the globe. His work is influenced by artists like; Antonio Tapies, Franz Klein, Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg, William De Kooning & Ian Hamilton Finlay. Ideas held within Wabi-sabi (侘寂) and shodō (書道) (Japanese Calligraphy) are also sources of inspiration.

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