Shaan Syed
The Andrew Project; 1000 and Something Portraits in Toronto, Berlin, and London

The Andrew Project book is the culmination of an anonymous public art intervention by London based artist, Shaan Syed. Carried out between 2010 and 2013, Syed fly-posted Toronto, Berlin and London with a simple portrait line drawing of a man, accompanied by the name ‘Andrew’. The book documents the public interaction that resulted from the portraits appearing on the city streets. Focusing on those images that are obscured somehow through graffiti, or those that have been torn down, leaving only remnants of the original, the full image of ‘Andrew’ emerges after looking through the book in its’ entirety, existing only in the mind of the reader. Including text and images by seven invited international artists and writers, a journalist and a branding consultant, The Andrew Project book explores ideas around urbanism and location; advertising, image and abstraction; absence versus presence and the personal versus the public. With contributions from: William Anskis Ruth Claxton Stuart Cumberland Chris Fite-Wassilak Jeffrey Kofman Scott Leonard Nicholas Muellner Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay Jeanine Woollard Designed by Atelier Dreibholz, the book is hardback, linen-bound with three colour foil-blocking on cover, 176 pages with a set of 3 postcard inserts. An accompanying 40 page supplement is printed on bible paper and contains the artist and writer contributions selected by Syed. Edition of 750. Co-published by FormContent and S1 Artspace; distributed by AnagramBooks. A project supported by Arts Council England, The Elephant Trust and private donors.

Published by S1 ArtSpace and FormContent
ISBN: 978 0 9560324 16
16.5×23.5 cm, 176 plus 40 pp, full colour offset, linen bound, 2013
Edition of 750
28.00 CAD

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Shaan Syed’s work investigates the notion of an iconic absence. Though his studio practice focuses on painting, it often embraces other mediums in order to question distinctions made between established notions of abstraction and representation. Syed’s paintings and interventions talk about the idea of finding something through looking to where “want” may exist.

S1 Artspace (Sheffield, UK) is an artist-led organisation and gallery presenting an annual programme of contemporary exhibitions, commissions, screenings and events. S1 also provides studio space for contemporary artists at varying stages in their careers, from recent graduates to established artists working at an international level.Founded in 1995 by a group of Sheffield-based artists seeking to create a sustainable studio environment in Sheffield City Centre, S1 Artspace has become a nationally recognised organisation, renowned for providing a platform for experimentation and for supporting the development of new work in a wide variety of media through artists’ residencies, commissions, and an annual studio holders’ exhibition. Over its sixteen year history, S1 Artspace has presented work by over 300 artists and accommodated over 100 artists through its studios from Martin Clark, Artistic Director at Tate St Ives to Haroon Mirza, Northern Art Prize winner in 2010 and awarded the Silver Lion Award at the Venice Biennale in 2011. FormContent is a non-profit organisation founded in 2007 by Francesco Pedraglio, Caterina Riva and Pieternel Vermoortel in London’s East End. After five years of intense work with more than 35 exhibitions inside and outside the UK, after a rich program of performances, events, publications and commissions, FormContent decided to close its space, continuing it’s programming as a nomadic project space.

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