My work includes performance, drawing, video, and sculpture. I am interested in making artworks that relate strongly to everyday life. Developing props, sculptures and videos influenced by my experiences and social surroundings.
Live performance is the focal point of my work, bringing together all the elements of my practice at one moment. I find the experience of performing extremely valuable. You set a date and a time and a place and you work towards an event that is always different.
Many of my recent works have taken on the structure of a stand-up performance, a sketch shows or a variety act. In these works, I incorporate a wide range of influences and opinions. These performances move from one idea to the next employing comedic, absurdist and factual approaches in quick succession, developing scripted narratives and actions. I reperform older works with new ideas in the same set. I enjoy the process of preparation, memorising ideas and improvising actions.
Drawing is an important part of my practice, exploring ideas, opinions and perspectives. Trying to make something comical. Developing characters and narratives that feed into my videos, sculptures and performance works.
Central to my approach is an understanding of what influences human behavior and opinion. Ordinariness is an important source for my work.
Some of the themes that influence my thinking are aspirations of social and monitory success, classing ourselves and others through what we own and how we present ourselves socially. Much of my work questions cultural standards and self positioning through ideas of wealth and ownership.
In my work I isolate actions as a means of understanding what links people together consciously and subconsciously. Highlighting a common place action can explore deeper meanings beyond an ordinary moment, giving a valuable insight.
CV & Education
CV. DAVID SHERRY.
Studio 211, Wasps. The Briggait, 141 Bridgegate Glasgow.
M.F.A. Glasgow School of Art 1998-2000.
B.A .Hon’s Fine Art, University of Ulster at Belfast 1994-1997.
FORTHCOMING SHOWS, RESIDENCIES.
2020 Garage Vivant, for Glasgow International.
SELECTED SHOWS, RESIDENCIES.
2019 Artist Performance Commission at ‘Shoormal’, Mareel, Shetland Arts.
2019 Golden Thread Gallery Belfast, Solo Show, Belfast International Festival.
2019 Performance, Das Dritte Land,Kulturforum Berlin at the Korean Garden.
2019 Hilbert Raum Berlin. Two person exhibition with Maurice Doherty.
2018 Cove Park, Residency.
2018 ‘Good £uck’ Glasgow International.
2018 ‘Look Again’ Festival Aberdeen, commissioned performance.
2018 ‘The Collection for the Poor Collector’ Sperling Gallery, Munich.
2017 Jose Campos Contemporary Arts Center, Azores, ‘The Laughable Enigma of the Ordinary’.
2017 Ultra Eczema project, performances Het-Bos Antwerp and De-player Rotterdam.
2017 Civic Room Glasgow, ‘I see doors of opportunity where there are no doors’. Solo show.
2017 Leith Late performance, Punjabi Junction, Edinburgh.
2017 VAFT Video Art Festival Turku Finland and HUUTO Galleria Screening Helsinki, Finland.
2017 Greener on the other side, screening FAQ Bremen.
2017 Performance Lecture, Edinburgh College of Art, Friday Talks Series.
2016 Guest Projects London group show and performance.
2016 Manifesta 11 Zurich, Cabaret Voltaire. Performances.
2016 Golden Thread Belfast. Solo, ‘Epiphany of Insignificance’.
2016 Cains Brewery performance, Liverpool Biennial.
2016 The Royal Standard, Liverpool Biennial.
2016 Double Act, Art & Comedy. Bluecoat Liverpool.
2016 Glasgow International, Circus Between Worlds.
2015 Fix Performance Festival, Catalyst Arts Belfast.
2015 GoMA Devils In The Making.
2015 Summerhall Edinburgh. Solo, ‘One million years of Laughter’.
2015 Outpost, Norwich. Solo. ‘Maybe tomorrow or on the weekend’.
2014 Performance Lecture Newcastle University.
2014 Performance, exhibition at the CCA Derry/Londonderry.
2014 ’37 pieces of Flair’ Newbridge Project, Newcastle.
2014 ‘Motivational Deficit’. Crawford Gallery Cork,
2014 ‘Journey into the unknown’ Performance CCA Derry-Londonderry.
2014 Screening for the Commonwealth Games, Glasgow Bandstand.
2014 ‘Generation’. At the Kelvingrove Glasgow, the Traveling Gallery and Patricia Fleming Projects.
2014 ‘News of the World’ London. Solo show.
2014 London 2014. Performance.
2014 ‘RIFF’ Baltic 39, Newcastle.
2013 Weingrull, Karlsruhe. Two person show with Thomas Geiger.
2013 ‘Performance’, Queens Park Railway Club Glasgow.
2013 ‘34 Knots’. Group show / residency, Cuxhaven Germany.
2013 ‘Make Shift’, The Talbot Rice Gallery Edinburgh.
2013 ‘Humanist Cumulative’ Patricia Fleming Projects, Glasgow, Solo Show.
2013 ‘Red Sauce Mania Performance’, The Common Guild Glasgow.
2013 ‘Sense Makes No Sense’. The Changing Room, Stirling. Solo Show.
2012 ‘I want to believe’ ‘Incubate Festival’ Tilberg the Netherlands.
2012 ‘Artists of the No’. Projektraum Viktor Bucher, Vienna.
2012 ‘Tales of the City’. Glasgow Museum of Modern Art.
2012 ‘Turin Over’. ‘Left Luggage’, Performance. Turin Metro Station.
2012 ‘Performing Sculpture’ Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
2012 ‘Everything Flows’. Performance at Glasgow International.
2012 ‘Last’. The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin.
2012 ‘I love those paintings’. Mother’s tankstation Dublin. Four person show.
2012 ‘Title to be decided’. Mexico Projects. Leeds.
2011 Glasgow/Turin. 150th celebration of Italy’s unification.
2011 ‘Electrical Appliance’. Performance at Glasgow Museum of Modern Art.
2011 ‘100 drawings on ham and cheese’. Market Gallery Glasgow. (Solo)
2011 ‘Oh my, oh my’. Convocation House Johannesburg.
2011 ‘The Second Act’. Arts Centre de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam.
2011 ‘Somewhere Else’. Nogueras Blanchard, Barcelona.
2011 ‘Holding phones counting cars’. Mother’s tankstation Dublin. (Solo show).
2011 ‘Blue print for a Bogey’. Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow.
2010 ‘Dead Pan’. The Royal Standard, Liverpool Biennial.
2010 Curated project, 798 Art Festival Beijing.
2010 ‘V1’ MMX Berlin.
2010 Performance series at the Edinburgh Art Festival.
2010 ‘One fine morning in May’, GAK Bremen.
2010 ‘I am not here’ De Appel, Amsterdam.
2010 Artist film and video at the BBC Scotland.
2009 Public art commission Birmingham.
2009 ‘Singing Yoghurt’. Log Gallery, Bergamo, Italy.
2009 ‘Running time’, The Dean Gallery, Edinburgh.
2009 ‘Bad Faith’. Ikon Gallery. Birmingham.
2009 ‘Grin and Bear it:’. Glucksman Gallery, Cork.
2009 ‘Bic Pen’ Performance. The International 3, Manchester.
2009 ‘Factory’, MoBY Israel.
2009 Liste, performance commission. Basel.
2008 Zoo Art Fair with Mother’s tankstation (Solo presentation).
2007 ‘Regulations for irrational procedures’ Mothers Tankstation, Dublin, (Solo Show).
2007 Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn.
2006 ‘Something inbetwen the teeth’.Catalyst Arts, Belfast. (Solo Show).
2006 Temple Bar Gallery Dublin.
2006 ‘1234’ Work Place, Newcastle.
2005 ‘ Info Retreat’ M and M Gallery, Antwerp (solo Show).
2005 ‘ Public Spirit’ Jack Hanley, San Francisco (Solo Show).
2004 BBC 3 Commission, ‘Christmas visions’.
2003 ‘Inter-remoteness’ Glasgow Museum of Modern Art (solo show).
2003 ‘Natural Situation’, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (solo show).
2003 Gagosian, London group show.
2003 Zenomap at the Venice Biennale.
2003 Beck’s Futures at the ICA London, CCA Glasgow and Southampton.
2002 ‘Thoughts of the Unknown’, Transmission, Glasgow.
2001 ‘Comfortably Being Alive’, Project space, Tramway, Glasgow (Solo Show).
REVIEWS / PUBLICATIONS
2014 Exhibition review, The Scotsman.
2013 ‘Optimism works both ways’, Publication with Thomas Geiger.
2012 Creative Ireland, The visual arts.
2011 ‘Counting cars.’ aN review.
2010 ‘Health and Safety Effects’, Published by Deveron Arts.
2010 ‘I’m not here’ at De Apple, reviewed in Frieze.
2009 Limited edition, publication with Café Royal.
2007 ‘Regulations for irrational procedures’. In: Art Review.
2007 Review in aN magazine.
2005 ‘Armpit of the mole’ published by Michael Quistrebert.
2003 June, Becks Futures reviewed in The New York Times.
2002 ‘Dead dog on a fire’, NIFCA publication.
AWARDS / RESIDENCIES
2015 Fjuk Residency Iceland.
2014 Creative Scotland Award.
2011 Creative Scotland Award.
2010 Artist Residency Deveron Arts, Huntly.
2009 RSA Residencies Award.
2009 Professional Development Award, Scottish Arts Council.
2008 Glasgow Visual Arts Award Scheme.
2006-2007 Residency, Villa Concordia Bamberg Germany.
2006 Scottish Arts Council Personal development Award.
2004 Scottish Arts Council Award.
2004 Artists Lab Residency at the CCA Glasgow.
2003 Scottish Arts Council personal development Award.
2002 February and March, NIFCA Residency, Suomenlinna, Finland.