Andrew Drummond is a pioneer New Zealand performance and installation artist, sculptor, and photographer.Read More
Much preoccupied with ritual and symbol, the processes of history, and the significance of landscape, technology, and the human body, Drummond has moved away from 'live art' and successfully been commissioned for many publicly and privately sited, symbolically engrossing sculptures.
Drummond was trained at Palmerston North Teachers' College, after which he went to the University of Waterloo to acquire a Canadian Fine Arts degree. He returned to Aotearoa New Zealand, and over the late 1970s and early 80s he became an important innovator with his performances.
One of the reasons was meeting Joseph Beuys during a seminar in Edinburgh in 1975, and seeing his work. Drummond's early performances like Ritual for Summer Solstice (1976) and Onto Skin – Triptych Piece from 'Ngaraunga Set' (1977–1978) soon featured carefully chosen sites, meticulously enacted ritual, very personal symbolic objects, and the desire for social change.
Advanced mechanical and digital technology—layered systems with multiple references to physics, geology, and anatomy—continued to become salient features in the new millennium in various indoor and outdoor commissioned projects. Located outside, Rolling Sphere (2011) is driven by jets of water emitted from inside onto skins of water, and Armillary for Air (2014) by outside wind gusts rushing inwards towards its exposed centre: spherical 'mini-earths' engineered to rotate in balance, in perfect harmony.
Other examples of Drummond's later works include Counter Rotating and Earthing Device (2000), Room for Observation (2002–2007), and Viewing Device, Counter Rotating (2009–2010).
Andrew Drummond was a recipient of the Tylee Cottage Residency, Whanganui in 1987, and a Frances Hodgkins Fellowship, Dunedin in 1980.He was Senior Lecturer in Sculpture at Ilam School of Fine Arts, University of Christchurch between 1992 and 2003.
Andrew Drummond's website can be found here.
John Hurrell | Ocula | 2021