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David Sowerby — The Idles That Habit Forms

David Sowerby, Rope machine (detail), 2016

Project Space
School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
University Road
Leeds LS2 9JT

Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm
Private view: Thursday 28 September, 6pm to 9pm

Free: all welcome

The School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies hosts a significant new body of work to launch the autumn public programme of exhibitions and talks.

Within the context of the School’s new Project Space, artist David Sowerby presents a series of objects each possessing a peculiar ontology and logic within both the University and his own multifaceted practice.

“The studio has always been something of a mutable entity in my practice, a home, a room in an actual artist’s studio, a daily bus, a note book… for some time now it has partly been the daily routines of work, supporting students with critical discourse and tacit knowledge; making boxes, stretcher frames, plinths. This humble arena just off stage where plans are made and material is processed has supplemented my practice with the practical refuse of fabrication and the day to day rituals and structural problem solving of work.

“The resulting works could be presented as the displayed stages of a life form, a range of processing or sensory devices, the devotional idols or reliquaries of a religion or belief system. But the question is never resolved, the inner workings, organs or relics are missing beyond view.

“The reasoning behind the existence of these objects is unclear: are they being shown after they are decommissioned, dead or just before the final installation of critical components; mock-ups before a final design?

Davd Sowerby, The Idles that Habit Forms“These are my vehicles, made individually according to compulsions, questions, dreams, memories and experience. At their simplest level they are about the body; casements for chemistry and the natural impulses of survival and meaning.”

About the artist
David Sowerby is an Armenian-British artist, living and working in Yorkshire. He studied Fine Art at Coventry University followed by an MA in Fine Art Administration and Curatorship at Goldsmiths College, London.

David’s practice has always encompassed a variety of approaches which in the main have been driven by conceptualist notions of art, where the material and idea inter-relate rather than any strict adherence to medium.

He has curated a number of exhibitions, including Forming the Line, Hales Gallery (1997), Ruckzug: photographs by Daniel Stier, Notcutt house, London (1999) and and The Blindspot Short List (works from the collection), Arcadian Centre, Birmingham. He worked across two years installing projects for the Henry Moore Foundation at Venice Biennale, and has co-ordinated a number of projects such as the Living Collection Project (South London Gallery), the Artist’s Residency Project (Gasworks Gallery, London) and the Low Cutt Gallery (London). David currently works at the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural studies at the University of Leeds as an Artist Technician.

Image: David Sowerby, Rope machine (detail), 2016.

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