About the Artist
David Garner was born in Ebbw Vale. He is an installation artist known for his use of found objects and his engagement with political themes.
He studied at Newport and Cardiff College of Art and the Royal College of Art, London where he received a scholarship to work in the RCA studio in Paris.
Subsequently he returned to South Wales, wanting to root his artistic practice here.
Garner has exhibited widely throughout the UK and Ireland including the National Museum Cardiff, the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow and the City Gallery, Leicester. He is one of Wales’ leading visual artists, and has been included in exhibitions alongside such internationally acclaimed artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Jenny Holzer, Bill Viola and Mark Wallinger.
His work has been purchased by the Contemporary Arts Society for Wales and he was awarded the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery’s Richard and Rosemary Wakelin Purchase Award and he has work in the collection of Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales.
Having already begun experimenting with audio in previous works such as Amplified Intolerance (2007) and From the Sublime to the Ridiculous (2014), David feels that elaborating on his interest in sound, will develop certain considerations that are already present in his installation-based practice.
Amplified Intolerance incorporates sound through the use of a factory tannoy speaker reciting the Azan call to prayer. The sound is muted by a lead covering embossed with text. The audio aspect of the piece works with the materials of the sculpture and creates a strong dialogue between sound and object. Similarly, a recent work, From the Sublime to the Ridiculous (Eisteddfod, Llanelli, 2014) incorporates two sound sources in conflict with each other to convey key motifs, which are further reinforced by visual installation elements.
In order to develop future possibilities for his work, David wants to broaden the medium in which he works. Exploring the possibilities of time-based media will challenge his current practice and widen the possibilities and outcomes of his future work.
He will work with established practitioners in audio and moving image in order to achieve these goals and establish his approach to camerawork, including shooting, editing and gallery presentation/installation.
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