Andy Pamphart

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Andy Pamphart
Andy Pamphart's Signature - Courtesy of Andy Pamphart Foundation, UK.
Born (19XX-05-17)May 17, 19XX
Humberside, UK
Died January 23, 1967(1967-01-23) (aged 64)
Düsseldorf, West Germany
Died June 29, 2025(2025-06-29) (aged 33)
South Riding, UK
Nationality British
Field Performances, social sculpture, Visual Art, Shamanism, Advertising, Crime, Science, social philosophy
Training Kunsthaus Kingstonbürger, Hull.

Andy Pamphart (also: Any Pamphart, Andi Pamphart, Andi Pamp-Hart, Andy Panfart and other aliases) (pronunciation: [ændɪ pam.fart]; May 17, 19XX – ????) is a Northern Aerodynamicist [1][2], Advertising executive and Artist. His practice incorporates among other things, Mass Art, Web Art, Performance, Lying and Painting.

Andy's extensive work is grounded in concepts of Post-modernism, Pop and Money culminating in his "Mass Art". His career both railing against and exploiting the art establisment was initially characterized by controversy, legal disputes and bafflement. However, the Pamphart brand is currently presented as one of the most influential, mysterious and also most troubling artists of the 21st century.[3]



[edit] Biography

[edit] Start of Artness

Andy was born on May 17, 19XX in the now defunct county of Humberside, UK. Andy, however, is still very much in existence as evidenced by his continuing artistic practice.

Living in at the apex of a decadent and corrupt civilization’s cultural arc, Andy naturally fell into a career in advertising. Fortunately, fate intervened. During his first stay in the Princes Quay Psychosocial Secure Unit, he was introduced to an exciting new concept that would become his obsession for the duration of his life and beyond. The occupational therapists called this new approach "art". Soon Andy was breaking into the facility office to photocopy soup cans and newspapers. These early works have been lost as he was around that time released.

[edit] Surrogate Artists (‘Alters’)

Throughout history many artists have employed studio assistants or apprentices or contracted others to create their work for them. In this respect what Andy has been doing since 1998 is nothing new. However, Andy’s followers or ‘Alters’ as they are known are unusual in their cult-like devotion, fervent dedication to anonymity and their varied artistic disciplines. Most self-identify as visual artists (some very successful in under their own names) but Andy’s stable of Alters is also thought to include some writers, physicians and shaman. When pressed, most Alters deny even being aware of Andy but this steadfast denial even under interrogation is known to be part of their basic policy. [4][5]

[edit] Body of work

Jungle Mona Lisa, Ecuador (-0.392941,-78.600343) 2009, Aerial Photo

Andy's series of Found Objects, in the original spirit of Duchamp: Andy has exhibited whole found exhibitions and galleries of other artists work (in addition to work produced by his Alters). These are achieved by claiming the exhibition as his own work. Some of the things Andy has claimed into arthhood include some clip art, a television series, landmarks such as the Humber Bridge (twice), a cloud formation and allegedly, one of the captive lions at Longleat Safari Park, UK. Making the latter work perhaps the only artwork that has ever been operated on by a vetinarian. An act Andy later claimed as art itself. [6]

[edit] "On the Internet Nobody Knows You're an Artist" (Web Art, 1990's)

Flyer #3, one of the 'lost flyers' series.

Sometime in the early to mid 1990’s Andy romped enthusiastically into the cyber-frontier. Too weird for usenet [7], too arty for the Eternal September crew he found his web-niche socially engineering livejournal dramas and experimenting with copyright ‘Law-Art’ and cyber-squatting. Conspiracy theorists were drawn into the hypertextual yarn he spun across many geocities and Lycos home pages, newsgroups, mailing lists and in web-banners and adverts. His creative use of web design and java script created some of the most labyrinthine, immersive websites of the time. Inspired by the pioneering absurdist works of net artists Mark V. Shaney, Susan Lindauer and B1FF he began to create false identities, false histories and deftly, inexorably incorporated them into what has now become the Early Web Mythos. In retrospect this work has come to be collectively known as: “On the Internet Nobody Knows You’re an Artist”. [8]

Andy continues to be interested in trans-media approaches to Art and the implications of the Internet. In February 2012 Andy was quoted in an interview published in the Beverley Journal: “I’d rather Myspace over MoMa, Tumblr over the Tate, Pinterest over the A.C.E. The audience are all curating their own collections now. And we should deliver them a supply of worthy art, not an effluvia of parasitic tastemakers and curators. The D.I.Y. no-brow opportunities of the internet have cut out the middle man and the people can all consume on their own terms, with immediacy, no need for the media drip-feed. Lets engage with this democratisation of the means of production/distribution not pretend it’s not happening.” [9]

[edit] "Road Noise" kinetic site-specific installation, 2001

"Road Noise" is now considered one of Andy's first Augamented Reality works, notable for it's low-tech nature. It is thought that SRAC only funded this project because Andy implied it was a launch stunt for his short-lived "pamphaudio" record label. Of course, it was instead a work of guerilla art, which lasted only several months before the South Riding of Yorkshire Council's Department of Highways and Leylines made the contraversial decision to destroy it, citing safety concerns and causing uproar among several influential arts-scene bloggers.[10]

"Road Noise" involved an approximately two mile stretch of road between Beverley and Scarfolk, Andy had the road resurfaced with concrete, into which were set grooves which effectively functioned in the same way as a phonograph record or cylinder turning the road into an anlog recording. As cars drove over the stretch of road their occupants were forced to listen to Andy's eerie composition, played directly through their vehicle via vibrations conducted up from the road surface. Soon satanically-inclined youngsters were reversing along the road at high speeds in order to reveal the backmasked subliminal messages they believed were part of the recording. Since the work's destruction, Pamphart fans and scholars now have to satisfy themselves with fan-circulated MP3 recordings of the work, which are analysed extensively on certain online forums. Multiple recording artists have incorporated samples of Andy's composition into their works.[11]

[edit] "Ecuador" (performance (?), 2009)

The Humber Bridge

The now infamous “Jungle Mona Lisa” as it is commonly known was the result of Andy’s involvement in the Ecuadorian Centenary. While the destruction of large swathes of rainforest has been condemned by environmental groups such as Greenpeace, critics on the whole responded well to the work which is still clearly visible in aerial photographs as of 2012.[10]

[edit]Mass Art

Andy’s current practice is epitomised by an ongoing series of leaflets and print-media, described by the artist as a form of ‘Mass Art’. Often cryptic, often banal, usually discarded as junk by the audience, the physical works are frequently devoid of the artists touch. The flyers are printed in small but unlimited runs by commercial printers and distributed to worthy Arts institutions, unworthy Arts institutions and private homes alike. The areas of distribution are determined by a computer program designed for uncertain purposes by a geographically diverse team of programmers hired on behalf of Andy by the SRAC or related legal entities. Although never substantiated, rumours that many of the programmers involved in the project have since died in mysterious circumstances have circulated in online communities since 2010. The SRAC’s attempts to silence conspiracy theorists has only lent credence to the rumour.[11]

Andy has had the run of 1000 "#6" leaflets hand-numbered by established artists in place of a recognisable signature. Many art critics have interpreted this as an act of ritual magic. Or as some have suggested, perhaps it is an attempt to challenge the Modernist fetishisation of the artist and the commoditisation of art objects by drawing attention to the arbitrary valuing of signatures over artistic content.

[edit] Associated Organisations

The Andy Pamphart Foundation

South Riding Arts Consultants

[edit] Verified Exhibitions

Selected exhibitions

  • May 2013 - "Leaflet #6". Distributed worldwide.
  • January-February 2013 - Exhibited several print works at the Ferens Gallery Open Exhibition, Hull, UK.
  • January 2013 - "Leaflet #5". Recalled & destroyed.
  • January-February 2012 - Exhibited one print work at the Ferens Gallery Open Exhibition, Hull, UK.
  • 2011 - "Leaflets #3 & #4". Recalled & destroyed.
  • 2010 - "Leaflet #2". Recalled & destroyed.
  • 2009 - "Leaflet #1". Recalled & destroyed.
  • January 2009 - Andy exhibited two paintings at the East Riding Open Art Exhibition. Beverley Art Gallery, Beverley UK.
  • August 19-23 2008 - "Humber Bridge 2 (North and South Divided)" - Found object spanning the river Humber was exhibited by Andy as a site-specific work over a period of several nights. Visitors were encouraged to drive across the sculpture. Humberside, UK.
  • 2008 - "Hypertext Bonanza". Andy curated this online installation which included his works "Augamented Unicode Phantasm" and "i t a d a k i m a s u".
  • 2007 - "Cyber-derailment: The Simulacrum Meets La Patte, Embodied Transactions in Post-Dada Britain". Online installation.
  • May-December 2006 "That's not my painting!". Various Locations.
  • January 27-April 25 2005 - Found exhibition "Jacopo Ligozzi A draughtsman at the Medici court". Louvre Gallery, Paris, France.
  • October 2003 - Performance: "Andy is Forcibly Ejected From Frieze Art Fair". Frieze Art Fair, London, UK.
  • February 14–May 21 2002 - Found exhibition "Gerhard Richter: Forty Years of Painting". MoMA, NY, USA.
  • May 17 2000 - launched.
  • August 19-23 1998 - "Humber Bridge" - Found object spanning the river Humber was exhibited by Andy as a site-specific work over a period of several days. Visitors were encouraged to drive across the sculpture. Humberside, UK.

[edit] Art market

The first works East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Wetherspoons PLC commissioned from Andy Pamphart in 1951 cost what would be today's equivalent of €100 each. Archivists were surprised to find this unexpectedly early evidence of Andy's art career and Pamphart theorists remain divided on whether these works, known locally as "the Setts" can really be attributed to the Artist.[57] In 1999, the ‘Publishing Empire’, a group of paper-based and non-material ephemera, was purchased by the collector and gallerist, Mara Adams in Byker (now part of The Baltic's permanant collection).

Since his self-identified death, Andy's Pre-Mortem period works have fluctuated in value while his Post-Mortem period works have predictably rapidly increased in value; there seems to be some direct correlation between the amount of times a work is put up for sale and the upwards trend in its value. Pamphart theorists have posited that there is some unknown force or effect present in auction houses that causes an artwork to accrue some as-yet-unidentified value particle. At auction, the top price paid for a Pamphart is $900,000 (hammer price) for a trans-media installation titled Strange Loop at Sotheby's South Riding in May, 2012.

The artist has produced incalcuable numbers of Mass-Art original multiples at this point in his career. Leaflets 1-5 were for unknown reasons recalled and destroyed by the artist after being commercially printed in limited runs of no more than 2000 flyers. However Pamphart collectors hope that some of these works may yet resurface. In early 2013, the Andy Pamphart Foundation acquired 57 early prints by the artist, the authenticity of which was immediately challenged by the SRAC in a volley of inflammatory tweets.

[edit] Notes

  1. ^ SRAC Blog (retrieved: 2013).
  2. ^ Hughes, Robert (1991). The Shock of the New (revised ed.). New York: Alfred A. Knopf. p. 444. ISBN 0-679-72876-7. 
  3. ^ official website (retrieved: 2013).
  4. ^ See Pamphart, Andy. The Essential Andy Pamphart. Leeds: Lorem Ipsum, 2006.
  5. ^ Mara Adams: (Retrieved 2013).
  6. ^ See Pamphart, Andy. The Essential Andy Pamphart. Leeds: Lorem Ipsum, 2006.
  7. ^ Aspire to this! Andy Pamphart's revolution in advertising. (Guggenheim, 1999), p.19-27.
  8. ^ The New Yorker (1993). "On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog". University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - reprinted for academic discussion. Title 17 U.S. Code. Retrieved October 2, 2007.
  9. ^ cf Beaver, Beverley 2013, (pdf, english); An interview with a Local Artist, The Journal, 07.08.2013, p. 43-48
  10. ^ cf Skarkell, Inga 2001:Locals call for council to do something about witch-haunted road to hell. Tenfoot City magazine. (2001)
  11. ^ cf Tarda, Otis. "Follow the sound of Art: New recordings of Andy's lost sound-installation released". Andy Pamphart International Fan Club magazine. Archived from the original on February 08 2003. Retrieved 2007-03-17.
  12. ^ "[...] it was the intentional toxic destruction of four hundred square kilometres of rain forest that was the real artistic statement" (Retrieved 2013)
  13. ^ For a detailed account of the complex emergence of this powerful story, see Andi Pamphart: ‘It came through my letterbox and changed my life,’ in Sugartits Nelson(ed.): Mapping the Circus, Pamphart's Cult of Superflat Spin (Nijikon., 2013).
  14. ^, Signed Pamphart Artwork Up For Grabs! (retrieved 2012)

[edit] References

  • Hart, Pam P.(2007). Andy Pamphart (But the Call was Coming From Inside the Gallery!). Hull: Kingstonbürger Press. ISBN 3-499-50623-8. 

[edit] Further reading

  • Atilla Pugh: Andy Pamphart: Life and Works. Trans. Mara Adams. Rocks, Hanoi: Artbum’s Educational Series, 1999.
  • Pamphart, Andy: You Spelled 'Worst' Wrong. Text by Dieter Leaning. Munich: Dachshund/Kaatchen, 1998.
  • Pamphart, Andy: Websites as commodities: A discussion. Silicone Row, England: Psy-Spiritualist Book Coperative, 2010.
  • Pamphart, Andy. The Essential Andy Pamphart. Leeds: Lorem Ipsum, 2006.
  • Benjamin, Alter: ‘Pamphart: The Twilight of the Idle,’ Artbum, vol.19, no.6 (January 2009), pp. 335–443.
  • De Dave, Harrrry: Kant After Pamphart, Cambridge Press, 2006.
  • P'Uppet, Sutti: The Cottingham Wickerman's Tale, Reihe 28: Kuntsgeburtstag, Bd. 430, KunstKunstler, Frankfurt am Main u.a. 2011, ISBN 978-3-631-61800-4
  • Hughes, A. Robert: ‘Hypertextuality: The Interrogation of Medium in the Art of the Simpleton,’ Chaffinch, Vol.29, No.9000 April 2004. 282-304.
  • Nelson, Sugartits (ed.): Mapping the Circus, Pamphart's Cult of Superflat Spin. Nijikon Press 2013.
  • Wintour, Anna: Pamphart's Guerilla Nail Bar: A Review, South Riding: Wombyns' Radfem Press, 2005.
  • Yeah?, Jonathan. Whimiscal Fuckery: The intersectionality of Archive and Message. SugarApe issue.332, June 2000.
  • Saunt, Kat, Applied Eschatology: Thinking is not enough: Andy's Auto-Sculpture Adventure, Nijikon Press, 1984.

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