David Sowerby — The Idles That Habit Forms
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Date: Friday 29 September 2017 - Tuesday 31 October 2017
  • Location: Project Space, University Road
  • Interval: Every day
  • Cost: Free event
  • Type: Exhibitions
  • Open to: General public
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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.

Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm.

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 Sowerby’s practice; a home, a room in an actual artist’s studio, a daily bus, a notebook … 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 – is where the artist has fed his practice with the practical refuse of fabrication and the day to day rituals and structural problem solving of ‘work’. 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?

These are Sowerby’s 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.

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.

His 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.

David currently works at the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural studies at the University of Leeds as an Artist Technician. See the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Culture Studies website for full details.

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