Andrew Hostick is self-taught, taking as his subject the advertisements and reproductions found in various art magazines including Art in America and Artforum. In each drawing Hostick inscribes and scores the mat board with heavy-handed marks, slowly building up a velvety sheen of colored pencil. The resulting works constitute a beautiful collapse of both primitive and contemporary sensibilities, and comment directly on a sort of voyeuristic access to an Art World largely inaccessible to the artist as outsider practitioner.
In an interview for Brut Force, author and Visionary + Voice co-founder Keith Banner writes: “he takes what is there and repurposes it for what isn’t there until he finds what he’s after. He’s very humble about it. The work does not come at you with nostrils flaring, or with a Sherrie Levine satirical smile. Approaching his craft with a workmanlike precision, he utilizes all resources available—including art reproductions and art magazine ads— to create small, vibrant creations that resonate clearly as his own.”
Andrew Hostick originally became interested in creating art in high school. In 2010 he joined the Visionaries + Voices, a progressive art studio for artists with disabilities in Cincinnati, Ohio, and since then has developed a focused studio practice. Exhibitions include a solo show at Morgan Lehman Gallery in New York City; Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY; The Carnegie, Covington, KY; EXPO Chicago with Western Exhibitions, Outsider Art Fair in New York with Morgan Lehman Gallery and his work has been written about Disparate Minds. He lives and works in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Please note that Western Exhibitions will be open by appointment only from August 18 to September 3.