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David Musgrave

English, b. 1973

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David Musgrave

English, b. 1973

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Through drawing and sculpture, David Musgrave transforms materials and mediums and explores the interaction of abstraction and representation, thoughts and objects. Emerging out of a layered approach, Musgrave's drawings resemble mysterious relics or artifacts—Rope animal (2008) is a meticulous graphite image of an imaginary rope sculpture, depicted as though it were an image drawn on a folded sheet of paper, a drawing of a drawing. Musgrave achieves a similar effect by different means in Film (2008), a multi-part aluminum sculpture of a figure that appears to be made of tape. Mimicking stop-action animation or a flipbook, Musgrave sculpts the same figure in 35 different poses, animating the work in an imagined transformation.

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Biography

Through drawing and sculpture, David Musgrave transforms materials and mediums and explores the interaction of abstraction and representation, thoughts and objects. Emerging out of a layered approach, Musgrave's drawings resemble mysterious relics or artifacts—Rope animal (2008) is a meticulous graphite image of an imaginary rope sculpture, depicted as though it were an image drawn on a folded sheet of paper, a drawing of a drawing. Musgrave achieves a similar effect by different means in Film (2008), a multi-part aluminum sculpture of a figure that appears to be made of tape. Mimicking stop-action animation or a flipbook, Musgrave sculpts the same figure in 35 different poses, animating the work in an imagined transformation.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Tate Britain
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more