I use signal and noise as my primary mediums. A signal stimulates an idea, noise interferes, and the enquiry generates new outcomes.
In the record of my enquiry you will find a constant dialogue between digital and analogue, one informing the other, I flip and flop between the two and occasionally we meet in the middle somewhere to create something unexpected. In logic flip-flops are bi-stable elements, in my art digital and analogue are bi-unstable, almost as if there is a self clocking mechanism encouraging constant movement between states and exploration of the space in-between.
A great many master artists have, over the years, created a large proportion of their work with the help of multiple assistants and technicians. For me, my network of computers are a substitute for that team. Using my coding and math skills, honed for thousands of hours of practice over a (35 year) career as a systems engineer, I can explore a theme more widely and more deeply than I could if I made everything by hand. I also use a computer when I desire precision, when the goal is to eliminate as much of the noise as possible. I then work by hand as a guaranteed way of introducing natural noise. My hand making skills have been honed for thousands of hours of practice over a shorter (10 year) period as a full time artist. By 'noise' I am usually considering emotion, imprecision, and happy accidents. There is a certain tension between these two approaches. The act of exploring that tension, using all the skills available to me, generates the most satisfaction. If my enquiry, practice and outcomes have any artistic value to others, then that is a bonus, a side-effect of my need to make what I make.
The materials used to create an outcome are chosen to be appropriate to the enquiry. An outcome may be real (a drawing, a painting, a print, an installation) or virtual (a digital image, an animation, a blog, a web site). Outcomes often contain multiple components. Real outcomes are currently held in private collections in the United States, United Kingdom, France and Romania.
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CV & Education
As a first career I worked in the telecommunications industry, where I worked my way up from trainee to become a senior systems engineer. In my last role I consulted as subject matter expert, and managed a small team focused on creating bespoke (technology based) solutions. In between, I spent fifteen years as a Technical Tutor, at a company training college, helping technical staff stay abreast of new technical innovations.
In late 2005, I left the industry to spend time exploring my creativity in a more direct and personal way - as an artist. This exploration started via a foundation course and a BA (Hons) Drawing for Fine Art Practice from Swindon College, where a first class honours degree was awarded by the University of Bath.
I am now following self-directed lines of enquiry. My current interests include exploring the space between: signal and noise, and the space between real and virtual.
- I have been a juried artist member at Axis since 2012.
- I have been a member at a•n since 2010, where I maintain my J•A•E•S serial coded outcome.
FEATURES AND EDITORIAL
- a-n.co.uk Instagram Feature; September 2016; @anartistsinfo.
- Pondering Art in a Sc Fi Future by Henry Bateman; January 2015; The Ex Expat.
- David is interviewed by Andy Parkinson; April 2014; for patternsthatconnect.
- David is a featured contributing artist in the book This 'Me' of Mine: Self, Time & Context in the Digital Age by Jane Boyer; October 2013; now available from Amazon and other booksellers.
- David talks to Jane Boyer for This 'Me' of Mine; March 2012.
- a-n.co.uk Artists Talking Choice Blog; March 2012; for the blog F O R M A T.
- a-n.co.uk Artists Talking Choice Blog; August 2011; for the blog B E Y O N D.
- a-n.co.uk Magazine, 2010 Degrees supplement; May 2010.
- a-n.co.uk Degrees Unedited, David talks to Richard Taylor; Feb. 2010.
- BA (First Class Honours) Drawing for Fine Art Practice; University of Bath; 2010.
- Post Graduate Certificates; awarded by The Open University:
Software Developments for Networked Applications using JAVA; 2000;
Common Lisp Programming for Artificial Intelligence; 1998.
- BA (Open) Mathematics, Technology and Computing; The Open University; 1992.
- HNC Electrical and Electronic Engineering; IEE, IERE and DES; 1975. Plus a supplementary certificate in Computer Technology; RAS, IME & PE and DES; 1976.
While exhibiting is not the current focus of my practice, I do exhibit on occasion (on average twice per year since graduation). I can supply a list of exhibitions on request, but the list is not significant to my practice, which is focused on a space between the real and virtual worlds. Please follow the many links to my installation spaces via: REVAD.COM.
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