David’s work engages, through simple actions and playful gestures, with human related objects and materials in a particular space and time. Much of his work is site-generated, contingent and fragile, which reflects his interest in the awkward and precarious status of his artistic persona and related objects used to stage an event. Kefford’s sculptural work is mutable, temporal, uses un-monumental materials, and is made in connection with, and to, his own body. Kefford liberates and subverts common objects, materials and found images from the everyday environment and transforms these into new sculptural scenarios that suggest elusive, emotional and psychological narratives.
Kefford is interested in the intersection between the private making process and a public outcome and how these can potentially coalesce through a ‘live(d)’ experience. His practice continually seeks new physical spaces, media space or the space between bodies and events for production and presentation and how they are affected by new spatial conditions. It is the role of improvised play in the act of making sculpture within a social context that best embodies his practice – a fluid process of continual becoming, a ‘cause and effect’ of performative actions.
Kefford’s work has been extensively exhibited and commissioned in the UK and internationally. Exhibitions include: The Feel of Things, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka (2017), Pocket Sculptures, Art at ARB, University of Cambridge (2017), Constructive Spaces, ICA (2016) The Soft Landscape, North West Cambridge (2015), Sequences VII: Real Time Arts Festival, Iceland (2015) Hey, I’m Mr Poetic, Wysing Arts Centre (2014), Skittish, Vane, Newcastle (2013, The Hair of the Dog, Block 336, London (2012) New Foragers, Collyer Bristow, London (2012) One Minute Volume 5, De Anza Experimental Film, Cupertino, California (2011) Party Animal, SUGAR, New York (2010), Performing Presence, The National Centre for Contemporary Art, St Petersburg (2010) One Thing Against Another, Aspex, Portsmouth, 2008; ArtFutures 08, Bloomberg Space, London, 2008 The Balance of Being, National Solo Touring Exhibition (2005)
Kefford is currently working on a 3-year studio-based project, ELAN with Aid & Abet at CB1 public art programme and a commission with Trust New Art at Peckover House, Wisbech. He was shortlisted for a Public Art commission with Futurecity (2011) and commissioned for Contemporary Art Society’s Annual Fundraiser, Material Worlds (2011). Public Gallery Residencies include ‘Installing Drawing’ (with Ansel Krut), Centre for Drawing, Wimbledon (2006) and ‘Take Over’, Pump House Gallery, London (2007). Kefford has been awarded four Arts Council England Grants, an Escalator Visual Arts Award (2005) and the Roy Noakes Bursary Prize, Royal British Society of Sculptors (2003). His work is held in a number of Public and Private collections.
He is founding member of artist run group, Aid & Abet in Cambridge. He is currently a visiting lecturer at University of Hertfordshire and regularly lectures in other further and higher educational institutions and gives public talks in museum and gallery contexts.