Approved: 16.08.2006

David Rhys Jones

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Approved: 16.08.2006

The Journeys of a Modern Day Flâneur
Informed by journeys or site-specific locations, this work was developed as the focus of an MA at Central Saint Martins. The journeys are planned in advance and recorded using photographs and drawings.
The work draws inspiration from Charles Baudelaire's concept of the 'flâneur', as a detached observer of the modern metropolis.
'He, the lover of

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  • Location: London
 

Biography

The Journeys of a Modern Day Flâneur Informed by journeys or site-specific locations, this work was developed as the focus of an MA at Central Saint Martins. The journeys are planned in advance and recorded using photographs and drawings. The work draws inspiration from Charles Baudelaire's concept of the 'flâneur', as a detached observer of the modern metropolis. 'He, the lover of life, may also be compared to a mirror as vast as this crowd: to a kaleidoscope endowed with consciousness, which with every one of its movements presents a pattern of life, in all its multiplicity, and the flowing grace of all the elements that go to compose life.' - Charles Baudelaire The images collected on a journey are edited and worked on, in parallel to the forms, to make narrative work that reflects the experience of the journey. The forms are mostly inspired by the architecture that has been observed. In some cases there are two or more pieces that can be moved around to interact with each other. The viewer is invited to re-arrange the work to make their own response. As well as recording a personal journey, this work provides a social documentary -recording the mix of architecture and cultures and the way they co-exist in an ever changing world.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2005 - MA, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design 2003 - DipHE Fine and Applied Arts, The City Lit, London Solo exhibitions 2009 - Spitalfields Revisted, The Rectory Gallery, London 2007 - Recent Work - A journey around Fitzrovia, Curwen & New Academy Gallery, London Group exhibitions 2006 - MA Degree show, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design 2006 - 'Up All Night', Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design Public commissions 2007 - A Spitalfields Journey, Spitalfields Development Group, Bishop's Square, London Competitions, prizes and awards 2010 - Jerwood Prize, Jerwood Space, Union Street, London 2008 - Arts Council Development Award, Arts Council, London 2005 - Designed a fabric doll for Louis Vuitton Maison Hennessey 2002 - 1st Prize in the V&A 'Inspired by…' Exhibition