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David Rickard investigates phenomena such as gravity, alchemy and chance through sculptures, drawings and installations that involve spatial and physical experimentation. Often using ordinary objects as a starting point, Rickard explores new potential avenues for their use and in doing so maps the architecture where they are sited, redefining our concept of spatial and objectual perception. Constantly moving along a fine line between sculpture and performance, art and physics, Rickard’s work engages the viewer as an active player. Once the artist has established a trajectory, a combination of necessity and chance takes place, making the ordinary extraordinary and generating new readings of our surroundings.
David Rickard studied architecture at the Auckland School of Architecture in New Zealand, before studying art at Brera Accademia di Belle Arti, Milan and Central Saint Martins, London. Solo exhibitions include Displacements, Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venice (2012), Testing the Limits, The Nunnery, Bow Arts Trust, London (2011), Time + Trace, Sumarria Lunn Gallery, London (2011), Test Flights, Economist Plaza, London (2010), Mitosis, Galleria Michela Rizzo, Treviso, Italy (2009), Exhaust 19-06-08, Goethe-Institut, London (2008), Solid State, Galleria Michela Rizzo, Venice, (2008) and Dilate, Trolley Gallery, London (2007). Group shows include Zu Haus, LoBe Project Space, Berlin (2012), CALL, Luis Adelantado, Valencia (2012), Intersections – Science in Contemporary Art, Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel (2012), David Rickard & Tommy Stockel, LoBe Project Space, Berlin (2012), Out of Control, NEST, The Hague (2012), David Rickard & Franco Vaccari, Scatolabianca, dialogue #1, Independents2, ArtVerona (2011), Round the Clock, 54th Venice Biennale (2011), Beyond Ourselves, Royal Society of Science, London (2011), The Wolfson Syndrome, The Modern Language Experiment, London (2011), Exteriority, Sumarria Lunn, London (2010), Appetite for Destruction, NEST, The Hague (2010), David Rickard/RomeuGoncalves, The Mews Project Space, London (2010), The Jerwood Sculpture Prize, The Jerwood Space, London (2005) and Long Live Romance II, Galleria Pack, Milan / Lipanjepuntin, Rome (2005).