Brian Andrews – About


My intention is to create an immersive sensory experience: that perfect moment during a sunset where racing thoughts and quiet contemplation meet. A half open door of possibility, where all the questions and answers of our existance lie on the tip of your tongue.

This is why I’m drawn to maps as a metaphor. Maps promise a reality that can be known. Some myths are stored in our language, but others are enbedded in our model of the real, our map. My work asks the question: did the map create the teritory or the teritory the map? Is a sunset beautiful, or do we have a sense of beauty that evolved to fit the sky?

The process of carving mirrors this kind of mapmaking. The Taoist idea of the uncarved block tells us wood in it’s natural state represents the essense of wholeness. It represents an intrinsic quality of the world itself. In watching the material take shape and the bed of chips build on the floor I’m literally layering my own map onto the uncarved world.


Brian Andrews is a sculptor who works with wood, employing traditional techniques to explore contemporary cultural issues, including ideas of self and of man’s place within the landscape.

Born in rural Vermont, Andrews worked as a cabinet maker before attending Marlboro College in Marlboro, VT. There, he studied both art and systems of writing, culminating in a senior thesis that explored cognitive linguistics through the lens of graphic design and typography. This project included a series of hand-carved ampersands.

In 2002, he moved to San Francisco, where the vibrant art scene inspired his return to sculpture. His work is informed by an ongoing interest in cultural meanings and traditions as well as by his work as a graphic designer, a practice that is evident in his work’s esthetic sensibility.

Andrews’ work has been included in group shows in the Bay Area and nationally. Recent awards include Best of Show in the Sebastopol Center for the Arts’ Mapworks: The Map as Art exhibition and 2nd prize in the Brea Gallery’s 26th annual Made in California Juried Exhibition.