the light that fell upon us burned
A solo presentation by David Austen.
For Art Basel Miami Beach 2016 Ingleby presents an immersive installation by London based artist David Austen in painting, sculpture and works on paper. Working across these different mediums Austen’s source material derives from his immediate surroundings: a chance encounter or remark, a book cover, a newspaper headline, a person glimpsed on the street from the window of a moving bus, a truck passing the studio window loaded with an incongruous array of objects on their way to the recycling plant down the road.
The originating impetus for Austen's work can come from any corner of his everyday world and removed from the original context assume new meaning within a dreamlike and deeply personal narrative populated by figures, flowers, trees, abstractions, words and signs; woven across different mediums. Each of which the artist has said has its own peculiar logic and makes me behave in a certain way in its becoming.
There’s humour in Austen's work, a light touch and a delight in the unexpected, but also a dark side, illuminated by passion and beauty, love and fear, sex and death.
For Art Basel Miami Beach we will present four new groups of work: the first 'the light that fell upon us burned', a new series of thirty abstract collages and a large spiral sculpture, will dominate the back wall of the stand, flanked by a suites of 'night flowers' and 'nakeds'. The final ingredient, a new text painting referencing Picasso’s Monsters as well as refugees on Aegean and Mediterranean shores, proclaims simply SILENCE BEACH.