Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape (2011–16) is the result of artist and musician Andy Holden’s five-year project on the laws of physics in cartoons. Holden, who describes the work as ‘a lecture on cartoons, and also a cartoon lecture’, acts as our guide through an animated landscape populated by well-known characters including Bugs Bunny and Wile E Coyote. Drawing on the work of Greek philosophers and Stephen Hawking, Holden identifies and unpicks ten laws of cartoon physics, the first of which is that ‘anybody suspended in space will remain in space until made aware of its situation’.
Andy Holden is an artist and musician who produces sculpture, films, paintings and performances. Dealing with childhood memories and attachment to objects, his work often explores the relationship between irony and sincerity. In 2013 Holden resurrected the artistic movement ‘Maximum Irony! Maximum Sincerity’ (MI!MS), which was first established by the artist and his friends as teenagers growing up in Bedfordshire.