Andrew Pierre Hart

Bio-Data Flows and Other Rhythms – A Local Story

  • Three people in a space painting a black and white geometric mural.

    Andrew Pierre Hart, Installing at The Listening Sweet -3- Lagos, 2023. Courtesy the artist

     

Free entry

15 Feb - 7 Jul 2024

Gallery 7

Monday Closed
Tuesday 11am–6pm
Wednesday 11am–6pm
Thursday 11am–9pm
Friday 11am–6pm
Saturday 11am–6pm
Sunday 11am–6pm

Please note on 6-7 Mar, Zineb Sedira Presents will be moved to the Zilkha Auditorium.

Gallery 7 will be closed on the 17th of February between 12.30-14.00 due to a planned public performance.

Commission
Andrew Pierre Hart: Bio-Data Flows and Other Rhythms – A Local Story

This new commission from London-based interdisciplinary artist and experimental music producer Andrew Pierre Hart draws on Whitechapel’s longstanding history as a home for migrant and diasporic communities and continues the artist’s interest in exploring connections between sound and painting.

Presented here are a sound composition, a film shot in the streets surrounding Whitechapel Gallery, a series of six new oil paintings, a site-specific mural and a bamboo sculpture. The sound composition, which can be felt physically through a speaker system embedded in a seating structure, forms the soundtrack for the film. This features three dancers who navigate the gallery and surrounding streets, interpreting the area through their movements.

Sound also inflects the abstract and undulating forms that feature in both the large mural and smaller paintings. Hart describes these works as capturing ‘the quotidian rhythm of Whitechapel… its vibrant rumble and dissonant past’.

Other paintings portray individuals who live and work locally. Placed in front of the mural is a tower-like sculpture made of black bamboo, a material widely used in Africa for construction projects. The tower’s vertical and diagonal trusses echo the geometric mural design, while its provisional form resonates with the temporary stalls created by Whitechapel’s market traders: gathering places for conversation, friendship and community.

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Andrew Hart: Bio-Data Flows and Other Rhythms – A Local Story is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, featuring contributions by Hart, artist Larry Achiampong, writer Allie Biswas, and the exhibition curators, Gilane Tawadros and Cameron Foote.

About Andrew Pierre Hart

Andrew Pierre Hart lives and works in London. He describes his work as focussed on ‘the symbiotic relationship between sound and painting’, while also incorporating aspects of sculpture, mural-making, installation, language, performance and film. Hart spent the first part of his career as a DJ and musician running the record label Deepart, which specialised in electronic music and Detroit-style techno. Musical techniques such as improvisation, ‘rhythmic research’ and an interest in the way sound resonates in space now infuse his multidisciplinary art practice. Recent figurative paintings have drawn on Western art historical precedents while also representing real and mythic figures that relate to diasporic experiences in London. His abstract tapestry-like compositions draw on sources as diverse as the hand-painted murals of the Gurunsi people in Burkina Faso, Nigeria; Yoruba divination codes; graphic musical scores; and digital coding.

Hart graduated from an MA at the Royal College of Art in 2019, where he is now Associate Lecturer in painting. Prior to this, he obtained a BA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts in 2017. His recent solo and duo exhibitions have included The Listening Sweet – 3 – Lagos, Tiwani Contemporary, Lagos, Nigeria (2023); Andrew Pierre Hart & Alexandria Smith: When Cosmologies Meet, Tiwani Contemporary, London UK (2022); The Listening Sweet, Tiwani Contemporary, London, UK (2021); Charmaine Watkiss & Andrew Pierre Hart: The Abstract Truth of Things, Tiwani Contemporary, London UK (2020). He has featured in group exhibitions including Last of the Stone Age Sessions, Tommy Simoens, Antwerp/Brussels (2023); Corpo e Mente, LVH, Palazzo Barbaro, Venice, Italy (2022); Secret of Lightness, Parafin, London (2022), ICF’s Diaspora Pavilion 2: London, Block 336, London (2022), Mixing It Up: Painting Today, Southbank Centre, London (2021); and Collective Intimacies at Theaster Gates Black Image Corporation, 180 The Strand, London (2019). He is the recipient of awards including the ArtAngel ‘Thinking Time’ Award (2020) and the Tiffany & Co. x Outset Studiomakers Prize (2019).

Generously supported by:

Andrew Pierre Hart: Bio-Data Flows and Other Rhythms has been generously supported by:The Whitechapel Gallery Commissioning CouncilDorota Audemars, Erin Bell, Émilie de Pauw, Irene Panagopoulos and Nicole Saikalis Bay