David Blandy

Portrait Claire Barrett

Portrait Claire Barrett

Born in 1976, lives and works in Brighton & London

David Blandy has established his terrain through a series of investigations into the cultural forces that inform and influence him, ranging from his love of hip hop and soul, to computer games and manga. His works slip between performance and video, reality and construct, using references sampled from the wide, disparate sources that provide his (and our own) individualist sense of self. He is currently working on a New Geographies Commission for Focal Point Gallery, Southend-in-Sea. He has been selected for the Film London Jarman Video Award for his collaborative practice with Larry Achiampong.

His collaborative practice with Larry Achiampong is jointly represented by Coppefield & Seventeen Gallery

Blandy investigates the different modes of popular moving-image; such as television series, documentaries, anime, music videos, video confessionals and computer game narratives. Within each work he places himself as the alienated subject in a prefabricated cultural landscape, traversing the visual space between ourselves in relation to culture represented through various mediated means. A recent project Helix, a collaborative digital graphic novel created by Blandy, scientist and writer Adam Rutherford and illustrator Daniel Locke, told the history of DNA from the perspective of a 500-year-old man kept alive by genetic therapy. The story spanned 40,000 years– from ancient chimera, to modern-day spider goats, to a future human being.

Blandy has had solo shows at Bloomberg SPACE, London; Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany; Spike Island, Bristol; Turner Contemporary, Margate; 176 Project Space, London and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead. He holds a BA from Chelsea College of Art and a MA from Slade School of Art.


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