David Blandy

David Blandy has established his terrain through a series of investigations into the cultural forces that influence him, ranging from his love of hip hop and soul, to computer games and manga. His works slip between performance and video, reality and construct, using references sampled from the disparate sources that provide his sense of self. His film, Child of the Atom, draws on his family history and is perhaps the most intimate and direct piece of self examination, following directly from earlier works which sought to question how much of a Western sense of identity can be constructed from diverse popular sources.

Recent projects include solo shows at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany; Bloomberg Space, London; Crossroads, a solo exhibition at Spike Island, Bristol that toured to Turner Contemporary, Margate, and 176 Project Space, London and a solo show at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead.


David Blandy CV

 

Seventeen Exhibitions:

The End of the World
Background
Child of the Atom

 

David Blandy, Tutorial: How to make a short video about extinction, 2014
Single channel video
9 mins 48
Produced for the Serpentine Extinction Marathon at Serpentine Galleries

 

Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Finding Fanon Part Three: Prologue, 2016
Ultra HD colour video, stereo sound
14 minutes
Installation view at Tate Modern, London

Finding Fanon Part Three: Prologue is a story based on the collaboration of Sartre and Fanon and their recognition of the problems and pain caused by the economically and politically powerful on the less privileged, particularly, of the colonised. It is a meditative, naturalist cinematic portrayal on the fragility of friendships and brings the story of Fanon and Sartre’s collaboration to life; it is a minimalist story of friendship, loss and alienation in the current era.

The two characters in tweed suits, are on a journey on foot with their children. As the hours progress and the landscape evolves, the two families move through a range of subtle emotions, enacting a pilgrimage of mutual confusion, sudden insight and recurring intimations of a larger battle. When they arrive at their final destination, a shelter made deep in the woods, they must either confront the divergent paths they have taken or somehow transcend their growing tensions in an act of forgiveness and forging a new way towards a more equal future.

Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, FF Gaiden ESCAPE, 2017

Installation view at ‘Untitled: Art On The Conditions Of Our Time’, New Art Exchange, Nottingham

David Blandy, Hercules Rough Cut, 2015
Installation view at Bloomberg Space, July 2015

Hercules invented hip hop. Named on the basketball courts of crumbling civilisation, street lights powered block parties, merry go rounds broke the beat back to back, hop from track to track, each transition a labour, fruit from the quest for the funkadelic and the apache, the bongo beating out the beat, unique configurations induced visions from the oracle, it began.

Hercules: Rough Cut, David Blandy’s commission for Bloomberg SPACE, explores empire, civilisation, London and language in a hypnotically rotating, mutating installation of video and voice.

 

David Blandy, Anjin 1600: Edo Wonderpark, 2013
Single channel video
8 minutes 47 seconds

Anjin 1600: Edo Wonderpark’ – a film and multi-room installation.,  is aa complex meditation on colonialism, cultural tourism and identity.  The work is based upon a re-imagining of the story of William Adams (1564-1620), a sea navigator known as the first Englishman to set foot in Japan in 1600.

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David Blandy, Installation view of Anjin 1600: Edo Wonderpark, 2013
www.createlondon.org/event/anjin-1600-edo-wonderpark-david

 

David Blandy, Crossroads, 2009
Single channel video and installation
13 minutes 26 seconds

Crossroads sees Blandy undertake a mission through rural Mississippi – on a quest for guitar skills to match those of legendary bluesman Robert Johnson. A cotton plantation worker who died aged 27, Johnson left behind 29 songs, three grave stones, two photographs and an engaging myth. While his biography is hazy and contested, his legacy as a major figure in the formation of delta blues music is indisputable. Blandy’s installation features a revealing filmic portrait of the area, in which the landscape becomes a player in the search for the crossroads where Johnson exchanged his soul for a tuned guitar and an unmatched gift to play it. Taking in Johnson’s three graves and many more crossroads, the work continues Blandy’s exploration of race, culture and self.

BLANDY Crossroads install 2 ZABLUDOWICZ
David Blandy, Crossroads, 2009
Single channel video and installation
13 minutes 26 seconds
Installation view at 176 Projects / Zabludowicz Collection, 2009

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David BlandyChild of the Atom2010
Single channel video
14 minutes 06 seconds
Family lore regarding David Blandy’s grandfather, held as a POW in Malaya and Taiwan from 1942, provides the genesis of Blandy’s film, Child of the Atom. Generated by an underlying guilt about his own and also his daughter’s existence, Blandy’s film documents their visit to Hiroshima to literally and symbolically search for their ‘origins’.

David Blandy, Child of the Atom, 2010
Single channel video on hard drive as media file
114 minutes 06 seconds

David Blandy Child of the Atom
David Blandy, Child of the Atom, 2010
Mixed media installation
David Blandy Duels and Dualities
David Blandy, Dual and Dualities, 2011
Reprogrammed and customised arcade machine
201 x 114 x 210 cm
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David Blandy, Dual and Dualities, 2011 (screenshot)
Reprogrammed and customised arcade machine
201 x 114 x 210 cm

 

David Blandy, Backgrounds, 2013
Single channel video, 9 minutes 01 second

In Backgrounds a pair of figures walk and converse through a series of animated landscapes. The 16-bit representations are of Blandy and his father, John, discussing their respective art practises, wandering past snow covered temples, rain forest and ruined cities, images at once recognisable as the virtual territory of David’s practise.

David Blandy, Ruined Temple (Samurai Showdown IV), 2013
Pastel drawing on paper
39.5 x 50 cm

David Blandy, Night Blossom (Samurai Showdown IV), 2013
Pastel drawing on paper
39.5 x 50 cm

David Blandy, Sakura Village (SF3NG Ryu stage), 2013
Pastel drawing on paper
39.5 x 50 cm

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David Blandy, Poster for The Barefoot Lone Pilgrim, 2007

BLANDY Barefoot Lone Pilgrim comic cover
David Blandy, The Barefoot Lone Pilgrim, Volume 2, 2008
Comic
30.5 x 21 cm

 

David Blandy, From the Underground, 2001 – 2002
Single channel video
4 mins 21 seconds