Huw Andrews In Soviet Times My Friends Had Teams Like Barcelona, I Had Wrexham.
Soviet Times My Friends Had Teams Like Barcelona, I
6th-7th, 13th-14th 20th-21st August
Andrews was born in Carmarthen in 1980. In the spring he spent
three months in Estonia, working in Tartu and Tallinn, the European
Capital of Culture for 2011. In Soviet Times My Friends Had
Teams Like Barcelona, I Had Wrexham (2011), his current solo
show at The Last Gallery, responds to the various languages,
traditions and occupations of Estonia. The title of the project
and of the artworks themselves, are selected from various quotes
and thoughts gathered in his notebook – connecting 35mm
photography, video, audio, text and objects with random conversations.
Since regaining its independence from the former Soviet Union
in 1991, Estonians have formed a strong identity alongside their
Russian neighbours (around 30% of the population are Russian).
Such variation in language, personality and culture between
the nationalities accounts for a distinctly bilingual and bicultural
country. This reminded him of Wales, sensing that both countries
have more in common than just a passion for song.
Andrews produces artworks in projects, offering multiple angles
on a particular place, focus or impulse. Locally and internationally,
he records spontaneous encounters, personal endeavours and wandering
observations; exploring overlooked spaces, thoughts and individuals.
Conversely however, he remains fascinated yet unsettled by the
influence of mass consumption on our behaviours, choices and
identities. In production, Andrews often approaches this conflict
by manipulating his research with reference to consumerism,
tourism or television. Overall, Andrews aims to celebrate the
undervalued and trivialise the valued, disrupting the mainstream
perceptions of value, success and purpose he routinely encounters.
1998 and 2006, Andrews undertook various jobs and studies, both
at home and abroad. In 2010 he completed a Fine Art degree at
Leeds Metropolitan University, winning the Edna Lumb Travel
Prize there in 2009. Recent group exhibitions include ¿AreWeNotDrawnOnwardToNewEra?
at g39, Cardiff, twoscore at Chapter, Cardiff, The Value of
Things at Parlour Gallery, London and An Exchange with Sol LeWitt
at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, USA. Locally, he
has two upcoming solo shows, in July at Elysium Gallery, Swansea
and in August at The Last Gallery, Llangadog.