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, which 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:

Background
Child of the Atom


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


David Blandy, Anjin 1600: Edo Wonderpark, 2013
Single channel video
8m 47
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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 
13mins 26

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 
13mins 26
Installation view at 176 Projects / Zabludowicz Collection, 2009

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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 BlandyChild of the atom2010 
Single channel video 
14.07 mins
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’.
Blandy Child Atom Film Install
David Blandy, Child of the Atom, 2010
Single channel video on hard drive as media file
14 min. 06
David Blandy Child of the Atom
David Blandy, Child of the Atom, 2010
Mixed media installation


David Blandy, Background, 2013
Single channel video, 9m 04

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, rainforest and ruined cities, images at once recognisable as the virtual territory of David’s practise. 
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David Blandy, Poster for The Barefoot Lone Pilgrim, 2007


David Blandy, The White and Black Minstrel Show, 2007 
Single channel video
7 mins 25

Made on a residency at Iaspis, Stockholm, Sweden in 2006, Blandy mimes to the underground soul classic “Is it because I’m Black” by Syl Johnson (1968), dressed as an inverted Black and White Minstrel. Song used with permission from Syl Johnson. The film was originally made for part of an installation at Blandy’s first London solo exhibition at Cell Project Space.

Blandy Standing Minstrel

David Blandy, The White and Black Minstrel Show, 2007 
Single channel video
7 mins 25
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