Dave Court, “House Party”
2 – 30 July 2021
Dave Court is a multi-disciplinary artist working in areas of painting, design and installation. His current work includes large scale mural painting, event activation, venue design and creation of immersive installations. Dave has experience with a range of different projects including award winning immersive art project Mr IST, ethical clothing brand foolsandtrolls, retail store/art space Created Range, street press Yewth Magazine and festival design with RCC and Adelaide Fringe. Dave is heavily involved with public art, as well as art direction and curation along with his ongoing studio practice. His process driven style looks at experimentation with gesture, abstraction, and oscillation between digital and physical representations.
“HOUSE PARTY is a body of work developed mainly over the last 12 months. The centrepiece of the exhibition is a painted house, set for demolition that I was given permission to paint late in 2020. The exhibition consists of photographic and video documentation of the painting process, and new works created building from ideas, experiments and techniques used in the house across traditional and digital media. One central theme of the work is the overlapping of digital and physical worlds, where or how there is a distinction, and how this affects our engagement, perception and interaction with the world and each other. This has been an area of interest of mine for a while, and has been amplified with developments of the last year and a bit. Through my ongoing practice I am thinking about my relationship to the internet as a person who has grown up literate in online languages, while still being aware of a time before it’s existence. This brings with it ideas are questions of personal agency while engaging with the Internet of Things, the authenticity of digital objects, the prospect of a democratisation of knowledge and information, and art as a catalyst for community in a time of extreme content saturation. I’ve been thinking about these works as oscillating objects, simultaneously existing in traditionally oppositional states – digital and physical, public and domestic, natural and manufactured, authentic and inauthentic, virtual and real.”