David’s research is focussed on an examination of the interface between social identity and cultures of consumption, and is realized though the production of artwork, critical writing and curatorial projects. Recent work explores contemporary forms of commodification, celebrity culture and practices of ventriloquism and is underpinned by an interest in the transgressive and transformative potential of humour within art practice.
David also collaborates with Mark Durden on curatorial and writing projects, recent projects include: The Laughable Enigma of Ordinary Life, Arquipélago, the Azores; Double Act: Art and Comedy, Liverpool & Belfast; Variable Capital, Bluecoat, Liverpool, as part of Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture programme.
Co-authored books/ chapters and journal articles include: A Companion to Photography, 2020, Double Act: Art and Comedy, The Bluecoat, 2016; Warhol in Ten Takes, 2013; Variable Capital, 2007; Common Culture – Pop Trauma, 2006; Sigmar Polke: Back To Postmodernity, Tate. Essays and review articles have been published in Visual Culture in Britain, Journal of Greek Media & Culture, Afterimage, EXTRA, Parachute, and Photoworks.
Details of research
For further details of exhibitions, publications and curatorial activity please see David’s listing in the ‘Project’ section of the website.