PRESS RELEASE

David Burrows: Modern Domestic Disasters
April 12 – May 11, 2002

Frederieke Taylor gallery is pleased to announce David Burrows’s first New York solo show “Modern Domestic Disasters”

David Burrows has been active in the London art scene over the last decade, often working collaboratively with other artists such as DJ Simpson, Bob and Roberta Smith on Le Ecole de Burrows et Bob Smith and also as a member of Bank. He gained particular acclaim for his work at the time for his inclusion in Becks Futures 2 at the ICA earlier this year; an exhibition profiling outstanding and significant artists from the British art scene which traveled to Fruitmarket Gallery, Edingburgh, UK and Sotheby’s New York. For this, his first solo show in New York, he creates a major mixed media installation in the gallery space including sculptures and photography.

Burrows sets up narrative scenes within installations which are meticulously cut from foam and rubber. The violence of the scenes, whether a mountainside crash or an accident involving a pizza delivery boy, stands at odds with the exuberant pop-aesthetic of works themselves, which both heightens and neutralizes the dramas depicted. Alongside the sculptural installations, Burrows exhibits photographic representations of other fabricated events, introducing a further level of artifice. Behind the humor and cartoon-influences of the work, there are other concerns at play. Burrow’s work declares his interest in Carl Andre and Post-Minimalist scatter pieces while combining and subverting this fiercely academic heritage with his own brand of the surrealist anti-academic.

Burrows has exhibited extensively international, most recently at fa project in London, UK, and at the Tirana Biennale as well as Galerie Praz-Dellavallade, Paris. Other exhibitions include Kunstverein, Dusseldorf; Courtauld Insititute, London; W139 Amsterdam and Transmission Gallery, Glasgow.

Supported by the British Council