David Sherry's drawings function as lists of ideas, conceived as a group of works. They capture a conscious moment, jumping from one thought to the next, from flights crashing into each other to the existence of a parallel universe, to the rationale of animals in trouble. In these works the mundane world of objects and actions collide with the dreams and aspirations of another reality. Other works observe life's preconditions and ask why we enforce them. Sherry views those works as a set of collapsing points. 'To hug a stranger in the street is to observe a set of unspoken social rules unravelling. To fly several kites at once is not only extremely difficult but it also 'cocks a snook' at the limitations of the real world. Many of my works are made from planned and altered social experiences and observe our casual interactions from new perspectives'.
David Sherry was born in Northern Ireland and studied at the University of Ulster at Belfast as well as the MFA at Glasgow School of Art. Solo exhibitions include Catalyst Arts, Belfast (2006), Villa Concordia, Germany (2006), M and M Gallery, Antwerp (2005) and Jack Hanley, San Francisco (2005). Select group exhibitions include Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin (2006), Work Place, Newcastle (2006), Flaca, London (2005) and Afterhours, with Glassbox, Paris (2004). In 2003 Sherry was selected for Zenomap, representing Scotland at the Venice Biennale and was shortlisted for Beck's Futures. Most recently, received a residency at Villa Concordia Bamberg in Germany.
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