Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape

Andy Holden | United Kingdom, 2011-2016

Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape

The laws of physics simply don't apply in a cartoon landscape – characters defy gravity, force and velocity. Andy Holden has described his five-year project as "a lecture on cartoons, and also a cartoon lecture". He identifies and unpicks ten laws of cartoon physics, including an exploration into the fundamental nature of matter, and whether it might have a consciousness. Andy first learned to draw by copying cartoons, and he believes the ‘golden age of cartoons’ offered ‘a prophetic glimpse’ into our current world: studying cartoons, he suggests, will help us better understand the global, cartoon-like events of our lives today.


Andy Holden is an artist and musician whose work often looks at our relationship to the past, and how we make sense of ourselves. his pieces tackle history, nostalgia, and philosophical enquiry. Cartoon characters, beer bottles covered in plaster, charity shop finds and knitted sculptures have all featured in his work.

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