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David Powell

David Powell

The Hague, Netherlands

Collage, Painting • Born in Cardiff, United Kingdom • Studied at Slade School of Art, London. De Ateliers, Amsterdam
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Confessions of an Ignominious Eye

My work explores aspects of deviance and confrontation that are rooted in class
structures within society, growing up in the UK, class was and continues to be extremely
prevalent in almost all walks of life. The paintings, collages, drawings & wearables
I make refer to the clashes between value systems, modes of production, labour,
failure, escape, psychoanalysis/trauma, social politics & the proliferation...

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My work explores aspects of deviance and confrontation that are rooted in class
structures within society, growing up in the UK, class was and continues to be extremely
prevalent in almost all walks of life. The paintings, collages, drawings & wearables
I make refer to the clashes between value systems, modes of production, labour,
failure, escape, psychoanalysis/trauma, social politics & the proliferation of the
internet as something that has completely altered how we communicate with each
other. Georges Bataille wrote of ‘destabilising philosophical oppositions by means
of introducing a wilfully unstable third term’, the matter of relaying experience over
rationalizations becoming paramount. This attitude is rooted in transgression as a
critical device in my practice, the works are an attempt to revise the mechanisms
that separate order & disorder, seduction & repulsion, history & contemporaneity.
A pornographic imagination takes hold, a kind of pluriverse takes shape in the studio.

Paralytic 2017 - 200 x 160cm, acrylic on canvas

Paralytic 2017 - 200 x 160cm, acrylic on canvas

Firecracker 2017 - 93 x 86cm, acrylic on canvas

Firecracker 2017 - 93 x 86cm, acrylic on canvas

Deposition 2017 - 200 x 160cm, acrylic on canvas

Deposition 2017 - 200 x 160cm, acrylic on canvas

Trollied 2017 - 29,7 x 21cm, pencil on paper

Trollied 2017 - 29,7 x 21cm, pencil on paper

Reflex 2017 - 29,7 x 21cm, pencil on paper

Reflex 2017 - 29,7 x 21cm, pencil on paper

Trickle down factor 2017 - 29,7 x 21cm, pencil on paper

Trickle down factor 2017 - 29,7 x 21cm, pencil on paper

8 hours 2017 - 29,7 x 21cm, pencil on paper

8 hours 2017 - 29,7 x 21cm, pencil on paper

Upskirt 2017 - 29,7 x 21cm, pencil on paper

Upskirt 2017 - 29,7 x 21cm, pencil on paper

Let go 06/02/2005 2017 - 208 x 314 x 150cm, acrylic, photographs, canvas, photo backdrop stands

Let go 06/02/2005 2017 - 208 x 314 x 150cm, acrylic, photographs, canvas, photo backdrop stands

Param 2017 - 50 x 50cm, acrylic and inkjet on canvas

Param 2017 - 50 x 50cm, acrylic and inkjet on canvas

Inbox 2017 - 41 x 35cm, acrylic & inkjet on canvas

Inbox 2017 - 41 x 35cm, acrylic & inkjet on canvas

Morning fix 2015 209 x 139cm inkjet on canvas.

Morning fix 2015 209 x 139cm inkjet on canvas.

Golden Lady 2016 163 x 64 x 57cm mannequin, lamp stand, red bulb, gold fabric.

Golden Lady 2016 163 x 64 x 57cm mannequin, lamp stand, red bulb, gold fabric.

Almost done 2016 150 x 190cm, acrylic, photographs, toilet duck, reverse primed canvas

Almost done 2016 150 x 190cm, acrylic, photographs, toilet duck, reverse primed canvas

FFWD Fashion 2014 - Liverpool photo printed fabric

FFWD Fashion 2014 - Liverpool photo printed fabric

FFWD Fashion 2014 - Liverpool photo printed fabric

FFWD Fashion 2014 - Liverpool photo printed fabric

FFWD Fashion 2014 - Liverpool photo printed fabric

FFWD Fashion 2014 - Liverpool photo printed fabric

Totally wired 2014 approx 32 x 61 x 20cm body casts, latex, plaster, wood, nails, wire

Totally wired 2014 approx 32 x 61 x 20cm body casts, latex, plaster, wood, nails, wire

Cockup 2016 approx 36 x 10 x 11.5cm tennis ball, wire, iron stand

Cockup 2016 approx 36 x 10 x 11.5cm tennis ball, wire, iron stand

Slippery slope (yellow) 2017 - 160 x 140cm, acrylic on canvas

Slippery slope (yellow) 2017 - 160 x 140cm, acrylic on canvas

Slippery slope (pale green) 2017 - 200 x 160cm, acrylic on canvas

Slippery slope (pale green) 2017 - 200 x 160cm, acrylic on canvas

Slippery slope (orange) 2017 - 180 x 180cm, acrylic on canvas

Slippery slope (orange) 2017 - 180 x 180cm, acrylic on canvas

Slippery slope (blue) 2017 - 200 x 160cm, acrylic on canvas

Slippery slope (blue) 2017 - 200 x 160cm, acrylic on canvas

Slippery slope (green) 2017 - 200 x 160cm, oil and acrylic on canvas

Slippery slope (green) 2017 - 200 x 160cm, oil and acrylic on canvas

Take me to the river 2017 - 122 x 87cm, adhesive mirror foil, photographs, board, mounted on frame

Take me to the river 2017 - 122 x 87cm, adhesive mirror foil, photographs, board, mounted on frame

Multiple exits 2017 - 131 x 100cm, collage, photographs, display card, mounted on frame

Multiple exits 2017 - 131 x 100cm, collage, photographs, display card, mounted on frame

What is it about your studio space that inspires you?

That the studio behaves like a prism, it filters things.

What sounds, scents and sights do you encounter while in your studio?

The sounds of works in process interspersed with music, the smell of oil paint, visitors reactions upon seeing the work for the first time.

What is your favourite material to work with? How has your use of it evolved throughout your practice?

The base materialism of society and culture, its constantly changing.

What themes do you pursue?

Politics of class structure, psychosexual identity, deviance, abjection, human behaviour.

What advice has had the biggest impact on your career?

That would be from Gilbert and George back in the nineties, they told me that I was a survivor, I didn't see it until they told me.

If you could install your art absolutely anywhere, where would that be?

In public or private collections, seeing the work in relation to other peoples habitats, their personal surroundings.

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?

A 'Dirty Words' photo scultpure by Gilbert and George

If you weren´t an artist, what would you be doing?

Actor, something in film

What are your favourite places besides your studio?

Restaurants, bars, bed.


EXHIBITIONS

SOLO

2016

2016 Ch Ch Changes, Sabine Wachters Fine Arts, Knokke, Belgium

2014

Win Win, EXO, The Hague, Netherlands

Market structures, Stroom, The Hague, Netherlands

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GROUP

2016

Douglas Park: Post-Terminal & Ex-Ultimate, (guest interviewer) WEST, Den Haag, Netherlands

2013

Gallery artists, Sabine Wachters Fine Arts, Knokke, Belgium

2012

Several Confrontations, Sabine Wachters Fine Arts, Knokke, Belgium

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WORKS IN COLLECTIONS

Stedelijk Museum, Stedelijk Musem Amsterdam, Netherlands

AWARDS

2013 STROOM Pro Deo Award, Den Haag, Netherlands

2010 FONDS BKVB Basis Stipendium, Netherlands

2005 FONDS BKVB Basis Stipendium, Netherlands

EDUCATION (detailed)

1987 - 1988 Cardiff College of Art & Design, South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education, UK

1988 - 1992 Slade School of Art, University College London, UK

1994 - 1996 De Ateliers, Amsterdam, Netherlands

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Selected Further Reading Susan Sontag - Regarding the Pain of Others 2003, The Pornographic Imagination 1967, On Photography 1977, Notes on Camp 1964 Georges Bataille - The Story of the Eye 1928, The Big Toe 1929, Tears of Eros 1961, Visions of Excess; Selected Writings 1927 - 1939, Blue of Noon 1935, Eroticism 1957, My Mother 1966, Madame Edwarda 1956, The Dead Man 1967 Michel Surya - Georges Bataille, An Intellectual Biography 2002 Jean Baudrillard - Seduction 1979, Simulacra and Simulation 1981, Fatal Strategies 1983, Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? 2009 Nick Land - Thirst for Anninhilation; Georges Bataille and virulent nihilism (an essay in atheistic religion) 1992, Fanged Noumena 2011 Marquis de Sade - The Complete Marquis de Sade: Justine 1791, Juliette 1799, 120 Days of Sodom 1789, Philosophy in the Bedroom 1795 (republished 2005) Nicolas Bourriaud - Relational Aesthetics 1998, Post - Production 2001, The Exform 2016 Julia Kristeva - Powers of Horror (An Essay in Abjection), 1982 Sigmund Freud - The Complete Psychological Works 1886 - 1939 Gilbert & George - The Words of Gilbert & George: With portraits of the artists from (1968 - 1997), 1997 Samuel Beckett - Collected Shorter Plays (1957 - 1984) John Fletcher & John Spurling - Beckett the Playwright, 1972 James Knowlson - Damned to Fame, The Life of Samuel Beckett, 1996 Anthony Burgess - A Clockwork Orange, 1962 Andy Warhol - The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again), 1975 Michel Foucault - Manet and the Object of Painting; With an introduction by Nicolas Bourriaud 2009 Kenneth Willaims - Acid Drops; The classic collection of put downs, 1980, The Kenneth Williams Diaries - Russell Davies, 1994 John Lydon - Anger is an Energy; My Life Uncensored, 2014 David Sylvester - Interviews with Francis Bacon, 1962 - 1979 Hitchcock/Truffaut - The Definitive Study of Alfred Hitchcock, 1983 Penguin Reference - Dictionary of critical theory, 2000 Pierre Cabanne - Dialogues with Marcel Duchamp, 1979 Liam Gillick - Proxemics: Selected Writings (1988 - 2004), 2005


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