Approved: 11.11.2006

David Hancock

Artist, Curator, Gallerist, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 11.11.2006

This new body of work combines three separate elements in order to discuss how anachronistic practices are shaping digital identities. Previously, I have considered the subculture of cosplay, in which characters from the virtual world of gaming are actualised within the urban environment. This is achieved through creating costumes, employing craft elements to recreate virtual dress. This anachronistic practice allows the virtual to become reality.

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Biography

This new body of work combines three separate elements in order to discuss how anachronistic practices are shaping digital identities. Previously, I have considered the subculture of cosplay, in which characters from the virtual world of gaming are actualised within the urban environment. This is achieved through creating costumes, employing craft elements to recreate virtual dress. This anachronistic practice allows the virtual to become reality.

In a new series of paintings, I merge virtual environments with still life. I create dioramas that include digital print-outs of virtual spaces in which two items are placed. One of these is an object of some kind, it’s scale at odds but relating to the narrative of the virtual space. The second item is a ball-jointed doll, which though out of scale with the object, interacts with it. These dolls are collectable items, usually from East Asia, for which an international subculture has been established. They are customised by their collector and have unique identities. The internet acts as location where these collectors can create a community, sharing their obsession. Within this environment the dolls are brought to life and doted upon. However, these dolls are much more than mere objects, containing the identity supplanted onto them by their owners (myself in this case). Within the work, the dolls acts as a conduit between the virtual and its own status as a still life object. Through the act of being painted, it is brought to life within the plane of the surface medium (usually watercolour on paper in this case), identically as any sitter of flesh would be, through the act of being portrayed through paint.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training

2010 - Graduate Teaching Assistantship with PhD, University of Salford, Manchester.

2008 - MA Fine Art, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool

1993 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester

Solo exhibitions

2014 - Cosplay, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe 

2013 - Cosplay, Touchstones, Rochdale

2013 - Cosplay, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton 

2011 - Time to Pretend, Hub, Manchester

2010 - Game, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe

2008 - That's Not My Name, The Agency, London

2007 - How Can Someone So Young Sing Words So Sad, Transit, Mechelen, Belgium

2006 - Who Will Eat My Sadness, The Agency, London

2005 - The Beautiful People, The City Gallery, Leicester

2003 - The Beautiful People, Comme Ca Art, New York, USA

2003 - The Beautiful People, The Storey Gallery, Lancaster

2002 - The Beautiful People, DDM Warehouse, Shanghai, China

Group exhibitions

2011 - In Safe Keeping, The New School House Gallery, York

2011 - Polemically Small, Charlie Smith, London

2011 - Polemically Small, Torrance Art Museum, California, USA

2009 - Connexions, Galerie Wolfsen, Aalborg, Denmark

2009 - The Lure & the Seducer, Galleri Christoffer Egelund, Copenhagen, Denmark

2008 - Kapellmeister Pulls a Dozy, Seven Seven Gallery, London

2008 - The Future Can Wait II, Truman's Brewery, London

2008 - The New London School, Mark Moore Gallery, LA

2008 - The Past is History, Changing Role Gallery, Naples & Rome, Italy

2007 - Teenage Kicks, Vegas Gallery, London

2007 - The Future Can Wait, Truman's Brewery, London

2006 - i-POD Killed the Video Star, Showroommama, Rotterdam, Netherlands

2005 - Hand in Hand We Walk Alone, Clapham Art Gallery, London

2005 - Young Masters, Art Fortnight, London

2001 - BP Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London

2000 - BP Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London

1999 - John Moores 21, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Curated projects

2012 - Digital Romantics, Dean Clough, Halifax, West Yorkshire

2007 - I'll Be Your Mirror, Primo Alonso Gallery, London

2006 - I'll Be Your Mirror, Liverpool Biennial Independents, Liverpool

2005 - Jerusalem, Dean Clough , Halifax, West Yorkshire

2005 - Le Petit Paysage, Comme Ca Gallery, Manchester

2004 - Le Petit Paysage, Liverpool Biennial Independents, Liverpool

2004 - We Didn't Mean to Be Bad Kids, TV Made Us Do It, Collins Gallery, Glasgow

2004 - We Didn't Mean to Be Bad Kids, TV Made Us Do It, Margaret Harvey Gallery, UHC, St Albans

2003 - We Didn't Mean to Be Bad Kids, TV Made Us Do It, Warrington Museum & Art Gallery, Warrington

Residencies

2011 - Production of Peter Pan, York Theatre Royal, York

2007 - Breathe Chongqing, 501 Artspace, Chongqing, China