The following text was written about about my work by Andrew Renton in 2019
It’s about a desire to possess things or capture them when you know the object of your gaze and desire cannot be grasped. It’s about fandom, which is an elevated form of identification, observation and even time travel.
These sources, collaged together like the back of your old school notebook insist that such imagery, in a digital age, is perpetually present, and belongs to all of us. A shared knowledge and collective ownership. And what does it mean to copy the already copied?
The artist can’t help his gaze. Not always a preliminary model towards a more fleshed out version, the drawing can also reclaim territory that has long been worked out, over-worked, even, and iconic. It rethinks its origins, putting the viewer back into the frame. It’s almost a readymade and comes with baggage. History brought into the present tense. It makes me think about what Kierkegaard said about repetition; that it was a kind of recollection forwards. And nothing less than an ethical engagement.
(And perhaps I should mention that the Fall are my favourite band of all time.) Andrew Renton 2019
David Powell – Since 2018 I’ve been making work about the British indie music scene. Many of the bands I’m interested in were given a platform on John Peel’s radio show, if they got too famous he’d usually stop playing them, after all it was about giving exposure to unknown and new forms of music at the margins of the mainstream. My highly emotional connection with these bands began in my teens at a time when my only goals were to go to art school and see as many bands as possible.
My lifelong fascination with alternative bands and their legacies has more or less defined my practice.
The paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and publications I make refer to fandom, collective identification and the material object. At it’s core my work embraces a collective social dynamics that strives to bring people together.
I’m interested in working with people from different culturally creative spheres with an emphasis on inclusivity and new forms of collaboration. I’m seeking new exchanges and reflections on music, literature and art.