David Raymond Conroy

“I know that I am seduced by things that I feel to be authentic or sincere and have a sense of being unmediated, but at the same time I realise that this quality of unmediatedness doesn’t really exist. There is always something in the space between us. I couldn’t describe what exactly it was that made something strike me as being either sincere or disingenuous, but these are qualities that I believe I discern constantly in all manner of things. I make judgments and attach value to things constantly but I want to understand more about why and how I do that – how these processes work and can they be altered?

I don’t know if you’ll understand this, but I want you to. I find the moment of empathy to be a glorious thing. It is a moment of connection and envy. I’m not sure if other people get the envy thing. It is a jealousy at how effective communication can be. I want that; I want to be able to do that, but when it comes to putting pen to paper, or finger to key, I find that what I want to say seems so phenomenally complicated. And that is just the bit I believe I can comprehend, or hold somehow. In fact it never really makes it as far as comprehension. It is just a feeling, a feeling so faint that even trying to feel it I have to kind of imagine it and then try to grope about and hope that I, as much by chance as judgement, brush against some edge and only then might be able to orientate myself – to palm along its sides to feel out its edges.

There is something about boundaries in all this then; about what we recognise and where we stand. What side we think we’re on. I know that things can change and do so even before my eyes. And we all change each other of course, our relative positions. This seems important to remember, this interplay of contribution and reaction. It is so strange that it all seems to be so much about being unsure and yet so much about making decisions. Is there a gap between who we are and who we want to be or is that space precisely it?”

– David Raymond Conroy


Recent projects include the curating of a group exhibition, Prosu(u)mer at EKKM, Tallinn, adapting David Foster Wallace’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men as a stage play with Andy Holden, presented at Arnolfini, Bristol and the ICA, London, a solo exhibition L’homme qui voulait savoir at GP & N Vallois, Paris and a solo presentation at the SUNDAY fair in London.  Group exhibitions include The Language of the Flowers and the Stars, curated by Andy Holden at Cubitt, London; Fig.2 at the David Robert’s Art Foundation, London; Version Control, Arnolfini, BristolWhile it Lasts, curated by Elinor Morgan at Milton Keynes Gallery; Soundworks, ICA, London; Waterfalls Pavilion curated by Charles Aubin at the Biennial de Belleville, Vivarium Studio, Paris along with performances at Stedelijk, Amsterdam, Chisenhale, London, Camden Arts Centre, London, David Roberts Art Foundation, London and Tate Britain, London.


David Raymond Conroy CV

David Raymond Conroy Selected Press


Seventeen Exhibitions:

David Conroy
A Plea for Tenderness
It was a Part of it Before. And Now.

Emotional Supply Chains,

David Raymond Conroy, (You (People) Are All The Same), 2016
Single channel video with sound

Installation view at Emotional Supply Chains, Zabludowicz Collection, London (2016). Curated by Paul Luckraft

Conroy Disappear A

David Raymond Conroy, Sometimes I wish I could just disappear, 2009
Digital photo frame, slideshow of 50 eBay images
15 x 19 cm

Conroy Disappear B

David Raymond Conroy, Sometimes I wish I could just disappear, 2009
Digital photo frame, slideshow of 50 eBay images
15 x 19 cm

Conroy Disappear C
David Raymond Conroy, Sometimes I wish I could just disappear, 2009
Digital photo frame, slideshow of 50 eBay images
15 x 19 cm

Conroy Production
David Raymond Conroy, 2010 – 2014, 2015
Artist’s clothes, artist’s books, wood, privacy film, Parker Knoll chair, Le Corbusier LC4 table, vase, dried flowers

Production and Marketing, 2014/15
Single channel HD video
7 mins

16_Rothko DRC 1200

Untitled (Red, Orange), 1968, Mark Rothko digital printed reproduction on canvas, 172 x 130 cm. Courtesy Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre.
Dehumidifier and tarpaulin skin wall
Installation view of Prosu(u)mer,  EKKM, Tallinn, Estonia, 2015


David Raymond Conroy, Act Natural, 2011 – 12
Video: Hauling
Audio Monologue: It is not the past, but the future that determines
the present

Display Unit: Act natural, or Proposal for a Display Unit

Link to video / audio content on Open File 

Pourousness 1200
David Raymond Conroy, Yet another example of the porousness of certain borders, 2012
Stacked second hand objects

David Raymond Conroy, The Contortionist, 2012
Book page, found frame and mount mat
40 x 20 cm

David Raymond Conroy, Documentary Sculpture, 2012
Found furniture, lcd screen, media player, digital slide show
150 x 70 x 50 cm

He always loved larking
David Raymond Conroy, He always loved larking, 2011
Found silver gelatin prints
110 x 130 cm
Conroy porousness 1200
David Raymond Conroy, Yet Another Example of the Porousness of
Certain Borders
, 2010
Mirrored cabinet, steel hot plate base, mirrors, mirrored table,
lamp, carpet
150 x 60 x 45 cm
Conroy I Want You 1200
David Raymond Conroy, I Want you, 2009
Poster, frame
79 x 59 cm

David Raymond Conroy, To be of use, 2009
Framed book page, partially erased
37 x 40.5 cm

David Raymond Conroy, The Thing, 2008
Two posters, drawing pins
125 x 150 cm
I try to forget WEB
David Raymond Conroy, I try to forget but it’s just a reminder, 2008
Found drawing, partially erased, mount-mat, frame
96 x 75 cm
CONROY Every girl
David Raymond Conroy, Every Girl I’ve Ever Loved, 2006
Second hand T-Shirts, shelf

David Raymond Conroy Broadway flats (For Frank Herron)
David Raymond Conroy, Broadway flats (For Frank Herron), 2012
Dutch Wax fabric, acrylic paint, wood, hinges, sandbag
240 x 100 x 120 cm each

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