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Knee Jerk

by David Shillinglaw



The Pocket Show

About David

David mixes image, object and installation, illustrating a chaotic exchange between individuals and their tactile environment, exploring ideas of identity and the riddle of the human condition. Much of the work includes representation of the human form, whether a complex anatomical diagram, or naive stick man, the work revolves around Man Kind as a signifier. David’s work illustrates ideas rubbing against each other, drawing on references to ancient mythology along side popular culture; creating a dialogue and vocabulary that skips between the historic and the contemporary.

“My work deals with an ongoing quest to control and define the human condition. The work depicts all the devious devices we use to conceal and reveal our true identities as we struggle both to fit in and stand out. I make work that illustrates the shifts between the multitude of fictions we labour under and the reality of who we are.

I often work directly onto objects I find so I can give up full control of what I make. This is very important to me as I am drawn into a dialogue between myself and my ever changing environments. My work shifts and mutates under the influences of external ideas, environments and conditions. I make things that force me to consider what it is to be human.”

Thursday 16th July > 6:30pm–8:30pm

13th July–6th August 2009
Monday–Friday > 10am–6pm

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