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The Idles That Habit Forms — David Sowerby

The Idles That Habit Forms — David Sowerby
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29 Sep 2017 - 21 Oct 2017

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School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University Road, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT

Private view: Thursday 28 September, 6.00 to 9.00pm

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies hosts a significant new body of work to launch the autumn public programme of exhibitions and talks.

Within the context of the School’s new Project Space, artist David Sowerby presents a series of objects each possessing a peculiar ontology and logic within both the University and his own multifaceted practice.

The studio has always been something of a mutable entity in Sowerby’s practice; a home, a room in an actual artist’s studio, a daily bus, a notebook … for some time now it has partly been the daily routines of work, supporting students with critical discourse and tacit knowledge; making boxes, stretcher frames, plinths. This humble arena just off-stage – where plans are made and material is processed – is where the artist has fed his practice with the practical refuse of fabrication and the day to day rituals and structural problem solving of ‘work’.

The reasoning behind the existence of these objects is unclear, are they being shown after they are decommissioned, dead or just before the final installation of critical components; mock-ups before a final design?

These are Sowerby’s vehicles, made individually according to compulsions, questions, dreams, memories and experience. At their simplest level they are about the body; casements for chemistry and the natural impulses of survival and meaning.

David Sowerby is an Armenian-British artist, living and working in Yorkshire. He studied Fine Art at Coventry University followed by an MA in Fine Art Administration and Curatorship at Goldsmiths College, London. David’s practice has always encompassed a variety of approaches which in the main have been driven by conceptualist notions of art, where the material and idea inter-relate rather than any strict adherence to medium.

He has curated a number of exhibitions, including Forming the Line, Hales Gallery (1997), Ruckzug: photographs by Daniel Stier, Notcutt house, London (1999) and The Blindspot Short List (works from the collection), Arcadian Centre, Birmingham. He worked across two years installing projects for the Henry Moore Foundation at Venice Biennale, and has co-ordinated a number of projects such as the Living Collection Project (South London Gallery), the Artist’s Residency Project (Gasworks Gallery, London) and the Low Cutt Gallery (London). David currently works at the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural studies at the University of Leeds as an Artist Technician.

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