Born 1979 Lives and works in essex
David Gates is an image catcher retrieving and fixing images, sometimes this happens using pinhole photography, and sometimes through collage. His primary tool is pinhole photography directly onto silver gelatin on bitumen on cardboard. Resolutely eschewing the sublime and stubbornly unromantic he reduces and edits grand landscapes, 300 year old trees in the landscape of coastal essex where he lives to the semblance of a mugshot. Bleak estuarine holiday houses remain shuttered even when occupied. People-free images offer a world shaped by individuals mostly long gone and unknown who have planted and planned and built to fulfill their dreams. Ancient oak forests and grim bungalows all stand silently to attention as if bearing witness to an unseen happening.
‘Once, standing by a lake with my pinhole camera and tripod halfway through a two minute exposure someone ap- proached me and asked “are you waiting for something to happen?”’
2004 – 2006 MA Printmaking UWE, Bristol, UK
1999 – 2002 BA Printmaking, Winchester School of Art, UK
Solo exhibitions and interventions (selected)
2013: Aus Dem Feld, Wilson Chamber, Berlin
2013: the Rural College of Art, domobaal, London
2013: fig.(i) qbox, Athens, Greece
2012: More birds of the day, the Tool Shed, Silk Mill Quarter, Merchants Barton, Frome, Somerset 2010: Sténopé La Librairie Photographique, Paris, France
Group Exhibitions (selection)
2012: the Spring Exhibition selected by Aleksandra Mir (chair), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark.
2011: Your garden is looking a mess could you please tidy it up curated by Andrew Curtis, Payne London
2011: Known, unknown, anonymous and on death row, qbox, Athens, Greece
2010: still in motion, the Horse Hospital, London
2008: 4 regards, Sténopé la librairie photographique, Paris, France
2007: Committed to print, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK 2006: Kettle’s Yard Open, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK
2006: Collotype. Past, present and future, St Bride Printing Library, London
2013: Happy Days Blackwater Polytechnic, Essex, UK
2013: the Rural College of Art, open day on Saturday 18 May Domo Baal, London 2013: Cart Saturday 30 march, 10 am until late, Wrabness, Essex
2012: Residency on the island of Kea, Greece
2013: independent.co.uk feature, march 11
2013: the World of Interiors, Conde Nast, march issue.
2013: Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (television) interview in Athens