May 5 - July 28, 2012
Opening Reception May 5th at 8:00
Exhibition pamphlet text
Neutral Ground is proud to host the North American debut of David Spriggs' monolithic portrait of human geological existence, Holocene. First presented at the Prague Biennial V in 2011, Holocene is an analysis of space, perspective, and perception. The viewer is drawn into an architectural like space that appears to recede infinitely towards a vanishing point. As opposed to traditional linear perspective, which is created on a single image plane, Holocene employs a 'strata-perspective' to create a three-dimensional space. Holocene is constructed with hundreds of white architectural shapes all painted onto multiple planes of transparent film which are spaced and hung apart to collectively reveal the unique spatial environment.
The work of David Spriggs lies in a space between the second and third dimensions. His installations use a technique he developed in 1999 using multiple painted and layered images in space to create unique 3D ephemeral like forms. He explores the representation and strategies of power, the symbolic meanings of colour, movement, and the thresholds of form and perception. The subjects depicted in his work specifically relate to the breakdown and recreation of form and volume - as seen through his interest in cyclones, explosions, and forces.
David Spriggs is currently is based in Montreal. He was born in 1978 in Manchester, England, and immigrated to Canada in 1992. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Concordia University, Montreal, and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University in Vancouver. He undertook student residencies at Central St. Martins College of Art in London, England (1999) and the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany (2006). He has recently exhibited work at the Prague Biennial 5, the Louis Vuitton Gallery in Macau, and at the Sharjah Biennal 9 in the UAE. Spriggs' exhibitions in Canada include shows at Galerie de l'UQAM, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery and Rodman Hall Arts Centre. His work is in the permanent collections of the Montreal
Museum of Fine Arts and the National Museum of Quebec. He is represented by the gallery Art Mur in Montreal.
Exhibition sponsored by Dulux Paint Regina.
Curated by John G. Hampton
For more of David Spriggs' work visit www.davidspriggs.com