David Cotterrell's first solo exhibition is set to explore themes of approximation and translation in the process of representing behaviour through data. The exhibition will preview three new works which are diverse in subject but common in approach.
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David Cotterrell's first solo exhibition, Reference Frame, is set to explore themes of approximation and translation in the process of representing behaviour through data. The exhibition will preview three new works which are diverse in subject but common in approach.
The work will attempt to investigate the contradictions of perception in the desire to define areas of human experience which defy visual analysis. The exhibition will investigate three areas of human experience for which the visual language of representation must, to allow comprehension, involve symbolism and acceptance of arbitrary convention.
The exhibition will highlight the struggle involved in the design of mechanisms which propose to explain levels of information where a common frame of reference may not provide a comprehensive solution.
frames of reference.
1. a structure of concepts, values, customs, views, etc., by means of which an individual or group perceives or evaluates data, communicates ideas, and regulates behavior.
2. Also called reference frame. Physics. a framework that is used for the observation and mathematical description of physical phenomena and the formulation of physical laws, usually consisting of an observer, a coordinate system, and a clock or clocks assigning times at positions with respect to the coordinate system.
The three artworks will deal with visual representations of the symbolic language of meteorological information, demographic projections and musical notation in the form of non-linear time-based installation work.
David Cotterrell completed a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Winchester School of Art and went on to receive an MA in combined media from Chelsea School of Art and Design in 1996.
Since completing his education, David has been commissioned to produce art for a variety of public locations and has shown in galleries in Tel Aviv, Seoul, Zurich, Bremen and the Czech Republic. His practice is divided between the gallery and the public realm, and the differing demands each project makes on the artist are reflected in his sensitivity to site as both location and subject.
Cotterrell's approach to his artwork is to continually open up new areas of exploration. Recently, he began programming computers to speak with one another in local slang for the public artworks programme dedicated to the regeneration of Glasgow's Gorbals. His work has also been touring for much of 2002 with the Beck's Futures exhibition taking different art works to the ICA, the CCA (Glasgow) and the Mappin Gallery, Sheffield. Working with a wide variety of media, from CCTV video cameras to refurbished gambling machines, Cotterrell is reluctant to be pigeonholed as an artist working within a specific media, preferring instead to have the initial inspiration for an artwork dictate the media used to construct the idea.
A monograph of David Cotterrell's work, produced by Black Dog Publishing including a text by Caryn Faure Walker with editorial assistance from Jordan Kaplan and contributions from Niru Ratnam, Simon Biggs, Claire Fox, Richard Appignanesi & Juliet Steyn, Ziauddin Sardar, Kerstin Dautenhahn and David Page will be available.
Private View: Friday 28 March 6 - 9 pm
For further information and slides/digital images please contact Danielle Arnaud on 020 7735 8292.
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