David Godbold

More like living than life itself

4th September - 10th October 2015

David Godbold 
Untitled (New Horizon)
2015 
Synthetic polymer, oil, oil stick on canvas and neon
150 x 120cm  
David Godbold
Untitled (Night for Day)
2015
Acrylic, synthetic polymer, oil, oil stick, crayon on canvas and neon
175 x 175 cm / 69 x 69 in
David Godbold
Untitled (Artist Thinking)
2015
Acrylic, synthetic polymer, oil and oil stick on canvas
175 x 175 cm / 69 x 69 in
 
David Godbold 
Untitled (Duelists with green clouds) 
2015
acrylic, synthetic polymer, oil, oil stick, ink and crayon on canvas. 
150 x 120 cm / 59.1 x 47.2 in
David Godbold 
Untitled (Night Navigator) 
2015
acrylic, synthetic polymer, oil, oil stick, and crayon on canvas. 
150 x 120 cm / 59.1 x 47.2 in   
David Godbold 
Untitled (#Daydreaming/7:03am)  
2015
acrylic, water colour, oil and oil stick on canvas, framed drawing and neon
150 x 120 cm / 59.1 x 47.2 in   
 
David Godbold 
Metaphor I
1994-2015
acrylic, photocopy, oil, oil stick and crayon on recycled card.
45 x 32 cm / 17.7 x 12.6 in
David Godbold 
Your “yes” Matters 
2015
ink and crayon on tracing paper over laid over found drawing and collage
41.8 x 29.5 cm / 16.5 x 11.6 in   
 
David Godbold 
Untitled (Animals) 
2015
acrylic, synthetic polymer, oil , oil stick and crayon on canvas
76 x 61.5 cm / 29.9 x 24.2 in   
 
David Godbold
More like living than life itself
Kerlin Gallery
4th September - 10th October 2015
David Godbold
More like living than life itself
Kerlin Gallery
4th September - 10th October 2015
David Godbold
More like living than life itself
Kerlin Gallery
4th September - 10th October 2015
David Godbold
More like living than life itself
Kerlin Gallery
4th September - 10th October 2015
David Godbold
More like living than life itself
Kerlin Gallery
4th September - 10th October 2015
David Godbold
More like living than life itself
Kerlin Gallery
4th September - 10th October 2015
David Godbold
More like living than life itself
Kerlin Gallery
4th September - 10th October 2015
David Godbold
More like living than life itself
Kerlin Gallery
4th September - 10th October 2015
David Godbold
More like living than life itself
Kerlin Gallery
4th September - 10th October 2015
David Godbold
More like living than life itself
Kerlin Gallery
4th September - 10th October 2015
David Godbold
More like living than life itself
Kerlin Gallery
4th September - 10th October 2015
Kerlin Gallery is pleased to present More like living than life itself, an exhibition of new work by David Godbold.
 
This new body of work marks a shift in focus within Godbold’s practice. Long preoccupied with mimetics, or visually depictive representation, this new work sees his attention move to diegetics, storytelling managed by an authorial creation of points of view, either interior or exterior narration. 
 
Deep washes of colour and textual annotations are applied over the top of Godbold’s delicately rendered fine ink drawings, which take in diverse historical and literary references, while a series of sketched-on frames or ‘panel borders’ have the potential either to isolate or to unify co-existing narrative elements. Largely abstract, these new additions tip the balance away from the depicting line or ‘object’ as the focus of painting, and towards the negative space that surrounds it. Background becomes just as important as foreground, knowledge is supplanted by uncertainty, subject matter is cast adrift in a sea of colour, shape, gesture and fragments of text. With this increased emphasis on the anti-object, Godbold seeks to call into question the culture of inherited or collected knowledge. 
 
David Godbold has been exhibiting internationally since the mid-1980s.  He relocated to Ireland at the beginning of the 1990s, where he continues to live and work. Following a formative residency at PS1/MoMA, New York in 2000, Godbold began pairing classically articulated ink drawings with very contemporary, irreverent ‘captions’, forming image/texts – a practice that has remained at the core of his work. Clashing past with present, highbrow with lowbrow, Godbold’s best-known work bridges old master painting with contemporary, populist forms of media such as political cartoons, comics, children’s colouring books and illustrator’s compendiums.
 
Recent exhibitions include A Visual Odyssey, Jing Gallery, Beijing (2015); Things Go Dark, The Model, Sligo; Zeichen. Sprache. Bilder, Städtische Galerie, Karlsruhe (2014); Von der Heydt Museum, Germany (2011); Dublin Contemporary (2011); the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2011, 2009); Barbican Centre, London (2010) and Lots of Things Like This, curated by David Eggers, at apexart, New York (2008). Godbold’s work is represented in the collections of Trinity College, Dublin; the Irish Museum of Modern Art; City Bank, New York, and numerous other public and private collections worldwide.
 
David Godbold will appear in conversation with critic and lecturer Dr Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith at 2:30pm on Saturday 12 September.
 
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