Approved: 09.11.2012

David Henckel

Artist, Consultant, Curator, Event organiser, Project manager

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Approved: 09.11.2012

I'm interested in the exploration of place through the residues and traces of everyday actions.
My practice explores instances of unintentional collaboration between people - with a particular focus on the detritus of contemporary urban life. I aim to create work which involves a subtle shift of focus, or transformation, moving the commonplace into an altered state where misrecognition may occur -

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Biography

I'm interested in the exploration of place through the residues and traces of everyday actions. My practice explores instances of unintentional collaboration between people - with a particular focus on the detritus of contemporary urban life. I aim to create work which involves a subtle shift of focus, or transformation, moving the commonplace into an altered state where misrecognition may occur - resulting in a tension between the artwork and its mundane origins. In recent work I have been exploring the role of the audience as players, or co-creators. Sometimes this is explicit such as in 'Golden Gum' or 'Table Print' which utilise unknowing collaborators in the formation of the work, the dropping of gum to form a pattern translated into sounds or the scratches on the table building up over time. In 'Golden Gum' the same or a similar audience create and play the work as they move through the sensitised space triggering the sounds. In 'Transit of Venus' the audience interacted with the work physically at tasting events in the brewery and at Much Hoole, where members of the public recorded their observations on the beer's appearance, flavour and aroma. 'Venus in Sole Visa' poses a more complex relationship as the audience for the artwork assume the role of a religious congregation. Each of these pieces are presented within a non-traditional art environment and I am increasingly interested in making work that could be misinterpreted as an everyday event or ritual - eroding the boundaries between art and life.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2012 - MA Fine Art: Site and Archive Intervention (Distinction), University of Central Lancashire 2011 - BA Fine Art, The Slade School of Fine Art